¡Forward, Russia!

Breaking Standing

Goodbye to songs named numerically, then. Sad, because we were all rather hoping ¡Forward, Russia! might return with a new indexing gimmick – songs named after popular TV puppets, perhaps. If ‘19’ was Emu (vicious, comically unhinged), then this is Professor Yaffle (sober, sombre, hectoring you to be more sensible in your day-to-day interactions with the universe). The jacknifing hardcore twist you keep anticipating only half arrives, so the guitar sniffles that gust this along combine with ¡FR!’s usual histrionic vocals to create something a bit like Ultravox. Oh, Vienna.