Album Review: The View - Bread and Circuses (1965) The View Tickets
The Scots caners’ third album pulls their career from the brink – but it’s more bread and butter than fine fareMore on The View
The title alone might make you think the band have matured slightly, delving into politicised Roman metaphors. It’s not a surprise, then, that the guitar-swirling [b]‘Grace’[/b] bursts out the traps with the focused mind of a prize-winning greyhound.
Like dog racing, though, the success is short, and [b]‘Underneath The Lights’[/b] comes on like a limping has-been with a shotgun to its head. [b]‘Tragic Magic’[/b] doesn’t fare much better and, on [b]‘Girl’[/b], Kyle Falconer sings, “the girl you’d like to ride”, with all the sexiness of an old man spunking into a betting slip.
There are a few moments dotted throughout that give glimpses of the chart-topping record they were aiming for. [b]‘Friend’[/b] is a glorious [a]Fleetwood Mac[/a]-aping track that shows that Kyle can write something believably emotive. And [b]‘Life’[/b], a song about Kyle’s late mum, is a stunning song that has the Royal Philharmonic weaving the heart-strings. But there’s too much on here like [b]‘The Best Lasts Forever’[/b] which, despite an intro from activist, poet and ex-MC5 manager John Sinclair, sees the band sound as edgy as – gulp – [a]McFly[/a].
[b]‘Bread And Circuses’[/b] isn’t bad enough to be [a]The View’[/a]s death knell, but neither is it good enough to be their commercial rebirth. Still, there’s always a career to be had playing the afternoon slot at Scottish festivals…
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