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Rattus Norvegicus

The Stranglers

1977

Rattus Norvegicus

Album Summary

Rattus Norvegicus (alternative title The Stranglers IV) is the debut studio album by the Stranglers, released on 15 April 1977. It was one of the highest-selling albums of the punk era in Britain, eventually achieving platinum record sales. Two of its tracks, "Peaches" and "(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)", were released as 7-inch singles in the UK.

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Rating

3.18

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5229

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Punk
  • Pop
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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

Really surprised by this one, kept it fresh and interesting

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Well, hello. Please come in. The Stranglers are one of the few bands I haven't heard that I hold no prejudices about, so this was as welcome as some alone time in the shower. I can't say it defied my expectations, because I didn't have any, but I can say it was a total thrill. Lively, tumbledown, and so assured. The drummer ain't afraid to lash out, the guitar's got that shark bite quality, and the vocals are, um, strangled. Meaty stuff. An eight-minute medley in ninth place is ambitious by usual standards, but these lads are bold as brass, sticking extended instrumentals that pack a whallop into the two opening tracks. Having listened to 2021's Bright Green Field recently, the maladroit funk and dorky vocals on 'Peaches' sounds like a clear reference point for Squid. Same lyrical brand of disaffected nonsense, too. So far up my alley the street lights are a mere pinprick.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

(Fuck Yeah) This Album Is Incredible [I love you Dave Greenfield R.I.P] 🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

Stuart Pearce has seen this mob live over 1000 times. Psycho clearly has impeccable taste 👌

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Mon Apr 18 2022
5

Absolutely elctricifying album. Loved the driving bass and viscerally sneering vocals.

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Sat Apr 23 2022
5

Possibly the most enjoyably fun punk album. This or Ian Dury. Sparky, snotty and cynical, with possibly the best drummer and tons of Hammond organ to piss off the purists. The run from Hanging Around to Ugly is some of the most fun you can have with your trousers on.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

I saw The Stranglers in 1977 and it was terrifying. Respectable looking men went into the toilets in suits to get changed and came out covered in lipstick and safety pins, unrecognisably different. JJ Burnel jumped into the crowd in the middle of a song and beat up someone, no idea why, but the band ignored it and kept on playing. He got back up on stage, plugged back in and resumed playing as if nothing had happened. The music was tremendously exciting, though I didn't like punk until 30 years later.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

Would definitely listen to this album again. Great english punk sound.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

These guys are fun. I like these songs. They are silly, angry, rude, and catchy. 5 stars.

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

More than anything, the fucking organ slaps. This is great new wave/punk/with a pub Horror vibe to it.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
3

Si cet album avait une couleur, ce serait transparent

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Wed Jan 20 2021
1

Women are objects and Jews are not people in the world of The Stranglers. I still have some reflection to do about why I'm okay with excusing this type of bigotry in other artists, but for now, I'll say that this shit put me in a bad mood today. Being a dick doesn't make you punk. Best track: Goodbye Toulouse

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

British rock from the 70s might be my new favorite thing. Reminds me of a lot the newer stuff I'm listening to (Vaccines, Kooks, Dandy Warhols)

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Sat Apr 10 2021
5

best album EVER..

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Tue Aug 10 2021
5

Very cool, very early punk album. I liked it a lot.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
5

Их нотки есть у строукс, за новаторство 5

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Sun Oct 24 2021
5

love this

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Mon Nov 01 2021
5

Bella scoperta

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Not the kind of music I usually listen to, but very good!

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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

I cant believe this wasn't on my radar before. This is just fun from start to finish. A really pleasant surprise. I look forward to hearing more from them. Seriously, how did I not hear them before today?

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

This was great.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

Punk rock setentero. Vinilo.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

A beautiful album. Kept me hooked till the last min.

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Sun May 15 2022
5

Unbelievable stuff. Came across it myself a few weeks ago. It got me through my thesis. Very original sound.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

The Stranglers vs. the Wokes. I know who I'd rather listen to. They manage to offend just about everyone. Man that bass, that keyboard.........I love these guys. This is seminal 70's UK punk.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Very good album, didn't know them

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

Punk classic

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

At last a true classic

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

T3B 1. Down In The Sewer (Medley) 2. Princess Of The Streets 3. Sometimes Such an absolute banger. No bad songs. Great vibe, structure, and complexity. Had trouble narrowing out my top 3 bangers. It’s beautiful. It’s fun. It’s also a 5!

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

very cool

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Fun musicality, ska adjacent, they have fun with their voices

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

Sounds like a precursor to a lot of my favourite bands/genres. Strong lead guitar, campy vocals, absolute demon on the bass, solid spurts of organ. Verging on post punk I guess. A few allusion to what was to come from the 80s. Actually yeah very post punk. I'm super familiar with Peaches but I have no idea why - sounds so much like it could be a song by Shame. Bit of a powerhouse album as you get into the second half. Love the heavy guitar/bass being offset by the organ and sax - eg Down in the Sewer. Bit of a grower but it really winds out nicely. Fk me it just keeps getting stronger at Go Buddy Go.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
5

PREFS : TOUT MOINS PREF : RIEN

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Proggy in part, punk in others... sprinkled with some classics!!!

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Wed Sep 30 2020
4

Another solid choice from a band Id never heard of, old school punk aesthetic from the UK

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

This was oddly enjoyable. '70s punk has a totally different feel, yet is somewhat familiar to bands like the Ramones. I liked how melodic everything felt. A bit too much organ at times, but maybe that's just my preference. 4 stars.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Bowie X Clash. Weird, but good. Peaches and London Lady esp.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

I understand why people like Neil Young, but I don't particularly enjoy him, and listening to a full album of his music is a bit of a chore for me. There are certainly some things to like about this album, but, but, but 3/5

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Wed May 26 2021
4

i liked this.. sounded like bowie b-sides stuff, better than the black star bowie crap earlier this week

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Similar to Jethro tull

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Sat Feb 27 2021
4

Great

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

Fun punk

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Primer punto... el título me fascinó, no sé por qué, quizá solo me ha agradado siempre la notación en latín para las ratas pero me gustó; aún más cuando entendí por qué se llama así (more on this ahead). Dos, decía que son punk... suena realmente muy poco a punk, suena más a banda de garage con unos toques de psicodelia; ese órgano le viene muy bien a su música y está bastante bien manejado, incluso en las partes en que está casi rayando en copia de órgano de los Doors suena bien. Musicalmente solo puedo decir que es agradable, este "no punk" psicodélico que casi suena popeado y pegajoso. Eso es la música pero vaya que si hay más que decir... Por partes; no se qué tanta atención le pusieron pero tiene algunas letras un poco.... problemáticas para hoy en día. Desde el inicio tiene dulzuras como “Someday, I’m going to smack your face” o “I got morbid fascination, gonna beat you till you drop." Normalmente soy de dar contexto al tiempo en que se hizo la música y no tratar de imponer reglas o maneras de ver las cosas que no estaban patentes en su momento pero aquí va casi rayando en mi límite de lo que suena normal para la época y lo que suena realmente misógino sin importar el año. A pesar de lo anterior en verdad que la música te lleva a seguir escuchando; es realmente hipnotizante y bien hecha en su estilo tan sui generis. Las letras van mejorando y al menos no se estancan en los temas delicados aunque no los dejan del todo; tenemos desde canciones sobre la destrucción de Toulouse según Nostradamus, pero inevitablemente regresa de nuevo a lo que se siente como un ataque bastante directo a una periodista a la nada sutil "Making love to the Mercy Tunnel with a sausage." O sea vamos que del Me Too no se van a llevar un premio y si pones realmente en el Face que escuchaste este disco y te gusto una buena proporción de la gente te va a medio linchar. Por otro lado podría tratar de defenderlo un poco tomando en cuenta que todo el odio que escupe a las mujeres es en misma cantidad el que se echa a sí mismo. No trata de hacerse superior o decir que fuera mejor que toda la mierda que esta diciendo de otros. De repente, después de líneas tan líricas como “Is she trying to get out of that clitoris” en la segunda mitad la banda se vuelve francamente ambiciosa no solo en mostrar sus habilidades instrumentales sino también líricamente. "Ugly" es una dosis aun mayor de psicodelia que aperte cita el poema de Ozymandias de Shelley; después termina en un gran final con 'Down the Sewer' con los decididamente poco punk siete minutos que dura. Al borde del territorio del álbum conceptual, es una historia posapocalíptica de llegar a la gran ciudad a través de las alcantarillas y encontrar que la vida no es mejor que lo que había abajo. Un ratón de granja que se cuela en la gran ciudad solo para convertirse en otro rattus norvegicus rodeado de latas de coca-cola vacías. De verdad el final parece otra banda. Disco muy interesante, problemático en estos días, fuerte, decadente, exuda odio y frustración pero termina con un anhelo de poder levantarse más allá de la podredumbre y corrupción. No es un disco agradable, no es bonito, pero es muy muy honesto. Hacía rato que un disco no me dejaba pensando tanto, a pesar de escucharse musicalmente simple y pegajoso terminó siendo bastante más.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

it was okay, not my favourite but not the worst

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Die wollen‘s wissen und geben Gas; badass Bass, licks für die Ewigkeit, Schnodderstimme mit Genugtuung im Wiederkauen. Was ist das denn ? Hammond Punk? Rock’n’Rave ? Könnte heute erscheinen, wenn die Perfektion nicht schon in den 70ern erschienen wäre. restless 4.2

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Peaches is a top tier track the album is a vibe

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Good album. Great vocals and variety of arrangements. Some songs I didn't know I knew too.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Blimey. Why have I never listened to a Stranglers Album before. Love this. Raw. Not overly polished. Proper attitude, nous and musicianship. Bit long but 4/5

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

Solid album, loved Princess of the Streets! (or queen?) Quality dropped off a bit after that though, hanging around was a low point on the album

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Sat Apr 10 2021
4

Fun and funky early punk

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

New wave punk rock, so cool! Attitude, rumbling bass, keyboards, all in a band! Gets me going. I like the drive of this album. This is the kind of nerdy hooligan music I can get behind. It's the right amount of edgy while also being fun. I like it a lot.

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Sun Apr 25 2021
4

Distinctive sound with the twangy bass and keyboard with punky but not shouty singing

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Really enjoyable album for my return to the project. I think I'd have been into these if I was about in the 70s. Brash, swaggering punk rock. Best tracks: Peaches & Hanging Around

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Top album, can imagine a lot of these blaring out on a Friday night down at the 42nd Street discotheque back in the day. Best track: Peaches

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

Solid punk album, lyrics to peaches are disgusting tho

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Yo, I like this a lot! Parts of it kinda remind me of a more punk version of early Elvis Costello. Very cool!

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Great discovery!

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Great 80s pop music sound. Good listen.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Punky n funky

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Sun Jul 11 2021
4

Late 70's British Punk keeps on giving. Excellent bass work, some creeping Doors-style organ-powered jams, and Down in the Sewer dips lightly into prog.

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Sat May 29 2021
4

Peaches!!! Say no more. I didn't know this was the band so I'm so glad to be introduced. I really enjoy this album. It has a good punky vibe but it's the organ in the tracks that does it for me.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Cool British new wave-y punk rock.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Enjoyed, reminded me of the Clash

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

I love the rawness of early British punk as they incorporate other genres like prog, reggae, and synth. All the tracks are catchy and have memorable tunes. Nothing extraordinary but also has little wrong with it and otherwise a perfectly fine album.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

Great band, great sound

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

This sounds like one of the earliest branches of the evolution of punk into new wave. Love the synths. Pretty dope.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

Yeah, all the attitude of punk but a bit going on musically. Gives a real snap shot of grimy late 70s London living.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

Yesss! Some great tunes here.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

260921 12:52 4

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

feels like I should have heard this before

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

The Stranglers burst onto the scene - "Some day I'm gonna smack your face". These droogs bring some more elaborate musicality to punk, with liberal usage of the organ

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Fun garage-y 70s rock with fuzz and keyboards.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

Wanted to be in a dank pub, so good

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

The lyrcis are not inspired, but the songs are great. Remember seeing them live and it was my first introduction to a hype man!

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

This was very enjoyable.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Another that I wouldn't usually listen to, recognised some songs again. Decent.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

I quite enjoy The Stranglers, including this album. Not sure I'll put it on as a whole again though, it drags on just a bit and doesn't contain most of my personal favourites of theirs (Golden Brown, Always The Sun, Strange Little Girl).

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

I wouldn’t term the stranglers as a punk band, they sound like the link between punk and new wave/new romantic that arrived a few years later. You can bet Adam and the ants had been listening to Get a grip on yourself at some point, stand and deliver has quite a few similarities

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

Never heard of them before and I'm impressed. They're a good example of English Post-Punk.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Reminds me of the Doors minus the weird mysticism plus a nice beat. Second song sounds like proto-Strokes. A couple of the others remind me of the Cars or Talking Heads. Wire. I like this.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

pretty sick album. the first track rips super hard

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

I was surprised. It is quite good. The sound is more aggressive than their latter hits and the melodies are catchy. A punk atmosphere with a wider sound than usual

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Perfection in old school UK punkrock. Entire album is a banger.

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Sat Jan 15 2022
4

Not bad

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

Great album. Calling this music punk is somehow insufficient because the Stranglers were so much more clever and musically adventurous than many of their peers. But the sneering attitude is there for sure. I love the interplay of guitars and organ, which gives these songs a really distinctive sound. There really isn't another album like this. Fave Songs: Hanging Around, Sometimes, (Get A) Grip [on Yourself], Down in the Sewer, Goodbye Toulouse, Princess of the Streets

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

I liked it as soon as I heard the line "Someday I want to smack you in the face" in the first song. I enjoyed the rest too, particularly the Peaches song 🥰

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Rattus Norvegicus has raw punk energy mixed with psychedelic sounds that create a energetic and fun style which makes for an exciting experience.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Some good punk rock I’ve never heard before!

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Pretty good, singles are classics

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Ah, this is what The Stranglers were about. Good honest semi punk rock. And bonus point for no 'Golden Brown', the worst single ever released?

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

This debut strikes me as the introduction to another tailor-made band. The organ is incredibly flattered by the mix, and the sleaze is the perfect level of grime except, perhaps, on Peaches.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

I liked it very much. Good punk-pop project; although the lyrics didn't aged very well.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
4

Not what I would normally listen to but very good early punk

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

Well I would say this was a grower. Big themes of the Fall, I guess they were an influence? But yeah I got more and more into this. Found some of the misogynistic lingo a bit annoying, but maybe they were poking fun an incels rather than actually being critical of "crazy women". By the end got into the style more fo sure

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Really like the bass and organ in Stranglers tunes. Only familiar with a couple of these songs previously, but this was a very enjoyable listen

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Wasn't sure how enthused I'd be about a Stranglers album without Golden Brown on it but I thought this was very good. The emphasis on organ and bass add so much to the standard punk sound, and there are hooks aplenty. 3.5, but I'm feeling more generous these days so I'll round up to a 'IV'.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

This album used to be on in our house quite a bit when I was growing up so I have a soft spot for it. The arpeggiated synth parts I still love and they definitely know how to write a bass riff. Special shout out to Peaches which, as a child, I thought was about Fishes

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

Nautin tästä ehkä turhan paljon :D Mut siis häikäilemätöntä rallattelua eikä liian totista. Ja ah, hyvät kaahailu-urut. Pitää ostaa cdnä, jos hommaan joskus kesäauton.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

A really great album that is engaging all the way through. It would have been a 5 but some of the lyrics have not aged well and make for uncomfortable listening.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

Was looking forward to this but wasn't expecting it to have stood the test of time. I couldn't have been more wrong. Thoroughly enjoyed this and will definitely listen again.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

From the first touch of the key I was hooked. Reminds me of some of the stuff I heard when I wrangled up all the punk and hardcore I could via Kazaa, specifically the (International) Noise Conspiracy, the Buzzcocks, and Iggy. I *really* love the diversity and sequencing on this album. “Princess of the Streets” is a perfect change-of-pace track after an energetic opening trio, almost treading into Judas Priest-y heavy blues. Similarly, “Peaches” works that streetwise angle sneering and strutting while tracks like “Goodbye Toulouse“ and “Choosy Susie” charge swifter and harder. It’s focused and fearless, keyboard and guitar solos are often evocative, elevating what’s often a very “proto” kind of feel to something that’s both primitive and futuristic. It’s quirky, too, at times approaching a familiar new wave sound from a different angle. Simply put, this shit is the biz, kinda surprised I haven’t stumbled upon this earlier. 4

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

The Stranglers have been on my radar for a minute, but the only album I’ve ever listened to from them is their newest. This was good! I like the mix of classic punk with some new wave tendencies, and it has strong melodies. I do think that I would have rated it higher if I heard this when I was getting into punk stuff, but hey, I’m a yank. The Stranglers had no presence here. But this is probably the equivalent of Marquee Moon over in the UK. B

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

Fantastic! A favourite from the 70’es punk era

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Sat Apr 30 2022
4

Part of my youth. Great tunes but the misogyny is hard to stomach these days.

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Tue May 10 2022
4

very nice

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Sat May 14 2022
4

Great album! And Spotify led me on an incredible genre path after this. Had a good day.

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Really enjoyed this one and not just because it's got Peaches on it

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Mon May 23 2022
4

This album really straddles the line between punk, hard rock, while incorporating elements of art rock and psychedelia into a palatable and exciting package. There’s a sense of danger and sneer to this music which is appealing. These songs are interesting enough musically but accessible enough to be at home in a pub or a college dorm room.

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Tue May 31 2022
4

Really good favorite songs Grip and the 2 before that

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

-Lots of strong bass + keyboard grooves. I particularly like the groove in "Goodbye Toulouse." The riff in "Sometimes" is quite good as well -I like the fast but in "London Lady" when they say "Plastic's real when you're real sick" over and over -The lyrics and some of the instrumental on "Princess of Streets" gets quite heavy -The drum/guitar breakdowns in "Hanging Around" and very cool -Great bass/keyboard intro on "Peaches." The main riff is also totally sweet. Also the lines "Down on the beaches, just look at all the peaches" are pretty funny and catchy -This album has great instrumentation and lyrics throughout, it is very close to being a 5. Everything was great, it was just missing some special factor to kick it up a notch

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

Used to love these as a kid, but only ever had two different Best of albums. Naturally much of this was on it. So I never got around to listening to any of their albums proper, here we go. You've got to love that bass. Kicks off with a song about smacking your girlfriend around, nice. I knew there was always this edge, with Peaches obviously, who knows if it's sincere. Had a feeling the lyrics wouldn't age well, but the sound is wonderful. Grip was always one of my favourites of there's and it's my favourite on this album. Absolute stone cold banger. I don't think there's anything else here quite up to that high standard, but it's good. To be fair though, I will probably go back to the best ofs next time I need my Stranglers hit. Need Strange Little Girl and others.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

Fun and catchy

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Jeg kan ikke nævne ét moderne britisk punkband, der ikke har skamhørt Stranglers.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

Enjoyed the listen! Would probably listen again

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

Punk!

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

Punk, new wave, 1977. An album to listen to for all the lovers of the genre and the music in general, especially to have some fun with entertaining rythmic solutions and glamorous melodies. Finally, not a bad song on the whole LP and a tremendous three track run just before the last moments of the project (Hanging Around, Peaches, Grip).

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Wow, something from the British punk wave that doesn't immediately suck ass. I actually liked this from start to finish and it has really memorable songs. The sound may be of its time but the performance, especially the vocals, are really tight on this one.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

A really fun, catchy, and diverse punk record

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

I liked this!

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Sun Jul 24 2022
4

Doors-like

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

One of the most tightly wound records I’ve heard in a while. But it’s eccentric and weird too. The tone oscillates between wacky, horny and menacing. Wild stuff. Really fun. The music is full of spiky riffs and big hooks. I love that keyboard tone too. (It’s featured pretty prominently on “Hanging Around.”) It’s one of the trademark sounds of new wave rock and I pretty much can’t get enough of it. Great musicianship all around - some excellent guitar playing too. “(Get a) Grip (On Yourself)” in particular is fantastic. It’s my favorite track here.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
4

bom rock, 4/5

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Great new wave debut

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Liked it.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

There is this keyboard or piano they are using that makes each song so fun. Not a genre I listen to but it was a vibe.

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Sat Aug 27 2022
4

Weird but good

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

It's pretty good 4/5

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

The Stranglers. Difficult to say more than that.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

me re gustó fue muy diver!!! uno de los que más me gustó por ahora 8.5 / 10

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Sat Sep 03 2022
4

Du vraiment bon punk, j'ai ete surpris j'evitais un peu lalbum car j'ai eu beaucouod 'labum punk depuis quelque semaine mais celui ci se demarque du lot 4.5

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Sat Sep 03 2022
4

Never heard of ‘em. Apparently, they’re late 70s British punk. - Sometimes – Opens right into it with a rocking bass and guitar riff plus cool synths and the golden tier lyric “Someday I’m going to smack your face.” It’s a fun rock tune albeit really uncomfortably angry and violet. More synth than I’d expect from a punk band. Frankly, more musicality as well. I like this one as an album opener, though in the context of an argument with a girlfriend, it gets really uncomfortable. Domestic abuse has become decidedly less kosher in the past five decades. - Goodbye Toulouse – A bit of a step down. I don’t care about Toulouse, so this song just doesn’t really resonate with me. It’s not a bad track, just less to my taste. More repetitive and bland than the preceding. - London Lady – Nice guitar in the intro. Upbeat but with a slightly wistful edge. Good bass and drum breaks. I like this one a lot. - Princess of the Streets – Brings things down a bit. Feels more like a Styx track. I like the vibe though. Don’t like the vocals or the really misogynist attitudes displayed in this one. Actually uses the phrase “what a piece of meat” to describe the woman… Absent that gross lyric, it’s a pretty good “femme fatale” song. Definitely gives the album variety. - Hanging Around – That bass riff though! Nice synth opener too. Don’t get all the imagery on this one. The chorus isn’t my favorite. ON the whole, a pretty good track though. Nice solo with great interplay between guitar and keys. A mixed track with some meh and some really great elements. - Peaches – The lead track of the song. Nice riff to open. A pretty sexually aggressive song for the time. The “peaches” in question are pretty obviously lady parts. Salacious but nice. - (Get a) Grip (on Yourself) – Opening riff is good. Nice solos in here. My favorite so far. - Ugly – Sounds nice, but I hate the lyrics. Quite repetitive too. - Down in the Sewer – A 7:53 medley of songs. Part a) is titled “Falling” and is a solid instrumental. Part b) “Down in the Sewer” adss in vocals. Another weird one, but decent. Part c) “Trying to Get Out Again” is a more upbeat instrumental. Part d) “Rats Ralley” begins with a driving bass riff and closes out the song with strong solos and build up to a big rock ending. Good stuff. Whole thing reminds me a bit of The Who with a slightly sharper edge. It’s good English rock. More to my taste than the Soft Boys album I listened to a few days ago. Great album! Definitely in my top few of this project. It’s got great bass and synths throughout, while the guitar and drums each have solid moments to shine. The snarling attitude and dark subject matter is fitting for punk. Outside of weird misogyny and other things that haven’t aged well, it’s a great early punk album. Easy 4/5 at least. Top Tracks: - London Lady has some great moments. - Princess of the Streets is an awesome femme fatale track outside the “meat” lyric. - Peaces is as salacious you get on 70s radio rock. - (Get a) Grip (on Yourself) is an awesome “being a rock star kinda sucks” track.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Weird. Different. I liked it.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

I'm familiar with The Stranglers bigger singles and have long adored 'Golden Brown' from 1981's 'La Folie'. I think I probably have heard Rattus, but probably a long time ago. I did catch them live at a small festival in Guildford (Their home town) many years ago and remember them being brilliant. This brand of punk with keys and a bit of sax every now and then really appeals to me. One thing that caught me a bit off guard is that you can hear little bits of the emerging bass heavy, repetitive, droning post punk sound, particularly on the standout song, the opener 'Sometimes.' I also caught snatches of Blues, Rock and Roll and even a little Skiffle in there, but nothing sounds out of place. Brilliant album.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

So weird… in the best way possible

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Much better than I expected - I often find their stuff a bit cringey but in context it's cracking.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

A strong, very even album but not enough standout tracks for me to make it a 5*

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

I liked this one quite a bit! I love the upbeat nature of it. Some songs were more interesting than others, but that's to be expected.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
4

The only song that I’ve herd from this band is golden brown, it’s a good song but not on this album, Hearing the first line “someday i’am gonna smack your face” wasn’t what I expected from this band at all but the song it’s from (sometimes) is good. Following suit was goodbye Toulouse a real rampage I felt the instrumental dragged for a bit too long but the track is good. London lady is pure punk with a few synths…it should be something I like but I don’t for some reason. Princess of the streets is a brilliant slow down and the lyrics have been some of the best so far but Burnel’s vocals aren’t as good as Cornwell’s and this track made that really apparent to me. Hanging around is one of the most groovy tracks an amazing close to side one. FUCK! I’ve herd peaches so much I used to love this song i’am so happy I’ve found who made it!!! (Get a) grip (on yourself) was another fucking banger really solid 1,2 punch of singles for side b. Ugly is a bit mental but it’s probably my favourite song with Brunel on vocals. Down in the sewer is a medley track it’s a nice way to close the album!

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

I enjoyed the album, a janky almost ska like punk record.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

"Rattus Norvegicus" is the debut album by the English band The Stranglers hailing from Guildford, Surrey. It was also one of the highest selling punk-era albums in Britain. Although, besides punk rock, I see classifiers such as New Wave, pub rock and art rock. And you know what? They all fit. When you're led primarily by an organ/keyboard, I think you can slide into many a category. This album is quite good, recorded in six days trying to capture their live act. The title is the taxonomic name of the brown rat and in one reference an allusion to The Black Death (although it was not caused by the brown rat). Thr album title was going to be called Dead on Arrival (record company didn't like) and IV is on the cover which I would have thought was the title. "Sometimes" gets things going. This is a unique sounding song: Organ-melody driven, a more punk rhythm section and sort of a prog-rock sounding guitar. Lyrics are definitely edgy being about a violent argument with a girlfriend. I think the second song "Goodbye Toulouse" is my favorite on the album. More aggressive punk guitar with multi-tracking (I hear that same sort of guitar in Fucked-Up's "David Comes To Life"). Chunky bass. Great weird organ intro. Pop chorus. About Nostradamus' prediction on the destruction of Toulouse. On "Hanging Around," the keyboard have a roller rink feel. Another poppy chorus. About guys at the pub. They sound a lot like The Cars here. Side B begins with their two singles released from this album. "Peaches" is bass driven and with the keyboards and sort of slash guitar riffs has a "Watchng the Detective" vibe. Nothing messing around with the intent: "Walking on the beaches looking at the peaches." "(Get A) Grip (on Yourself)" is fast paced with the rhythm and a unique organ/keyboard chorus. About the band's life. The album ends with "Down the Sewer" which has four parts. Nice guitar solos, prominent bass, organ melody. Almost prog sounding and structure. Based on the TV drama "Survivors" where people from the country move to a city where all they find are rat-driven sewers. The only Stranglers' song I remember is "Skin Deep" which I liked quite a bit. This is a really good album and I will definitely be checking out more Stranglers' music.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

British punk band. Pretty cool sound. Not totally punk.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

Stood out to me immediately as kind of unorthodox punk, and the sound works brilliantly throughout the record. The album had its share of standout tracks, too. "Peaches" displays a killer baseline and the piece knows exactly where to go next, operating as the standout single, whereas the sprawling "down in the sewer" shows that the band weren't just a singles act. Overall, a great record.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

So funky!

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Very unique rock, liked it

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Sat Nov 05 2022
4

This album whips. Catchy 70s punk with cool 60s keyboards! Shame about some of the lyrics

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

Loved the album so much!

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Sat Nov 12 2022
4

La seva manera d'entendre el punk va ser la més personal de totes, fent de pont amb la new wave, génere al qual ells van ajudar a obrir camí. 'Peaches', 'Hanging Around', 'Sometimes'... No és evident a primera vista, però es tracta d'un disc clàssic, referencial i influent

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

Like some kind of British Anti-Doors on heroin instead of LSD. Keyboard punk is a rare sound, but I think it works well. Very tuneful, especially with that snarling bass. Singer is verging on The Fall type territory with the intentional flatness, but it has a little more menace to it, which I like. They make cynicism sound so catchy and seductive.

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Thu Sep 10 2020
3

Nice

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Mon Oct 19 2020
3

I see the appeal

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Tue Sep 15 2020
3

Two or three songs grabbed my attention to go "OH I like this". These songs were "(Get A) Grip [On yourself], Down in the sewer, and Go Buddy Go. The other's were all fine, but a little bit of just normal 80's punk.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

1977: Peaches, Hanging Around

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

Interesting enough

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Sat Oct 17 2020
3

Spotify. Fave song; (Get a) Grip (On Yourself) - obviously. 3.5 stars solid listen

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

a little punkish

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Mon Nov 09 2020
3

Thought some songs were really great with a crazy kind of energy. But found a few of the tracks fell flat. I dig it tho.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

I didn’t think this was anything special

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

Decent early 80s. Nothing stands out.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

3

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

Muy curiosa mezcla de sonidos. Me gusto el mucho énfasis casi estilo Ray Manzarek de The Doors que tiene el teclado y los solos largos; la voz me sonó a Talking Heads o algo así y para llamarse a ellos mismos "punk" se me hace que tienen poco del sonido y estilo de esa era. Me sorprendió también lo larga que ha sido la vida activa de la banda, incluso ahora mismo haciendo un tour de despedida porque el tecladista murió de COVID.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

3.5|Que álbum tan fuerte, la música es muy buena pero por las letras hoy serían linchados por grupos de feministas Fuera de ese tema tan delicado se me hace un muy buen disco

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Tue Mar 16 2021
3

okay

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

It's decent. Not exactly what I would call punk. Very early punk I suppose. Enjoyable to listen to.

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Sat May 08 2021
3

Goth rock "back in the day". That organ, though.

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Sat Jul 10 2021
3

I didn’t know quite what to expect with this. I read that it was punk and it was but heavy use of keyboard gave it a different vibe. Actually reminded me of the Doors in a few spots. 3 stars.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

Bon album de soft rock qui n'a pas eu beaucoup d'effet sur moi.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

Classic Punk right here. I'm not in the mood to make a long review but I am in the mood to jam with these louts. This is music to commit crimes to.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Reminded me of Talking Heads on some songs...

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Lyrics a bit violent, which was distracting

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Tue Mar 16 2021
3

synths are stinky, but they do be grooving. 6/10

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Sun May 09 2021
3

Psychedelic Punk würde man das wohl nennen, oder? Und damit natürlich auch direkt die Brücke zum Postpunk schlagen, in deren Fundament Stranglers sicher eine schöne Gedenkplatte für die Stranglers liegt. Insgesamt für mich: nett anzuhören, tatsächlich aber nicht aufregender als The Fall. 2,9.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

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Sun Feb 21 2021
3

It was a good album! I really liked the music, and the overall vibe.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Decent

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Lekker, ik mag dit wel.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

Some good tracks but not really my ting

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

Production: 13/20 Songwriting: 12/20 Innovation: 13/20 Bangers: 10/20 Emotional response: 11/20 =59 Yeah these boys can make some noise. I like the grindyness

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Liked this, not far off the doors

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Sat Feb 20 2021
3

“Get a grip on yourself” has some great synth stuff. But this is definitely not what I was expecting. Doesn’t feel as punky as expected. Almost feels 60s ish rock. Maybe with extra synth. I’m giving this a 3 but I fully admit I didn’t pay enough attention. Sorry.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

Har inte riktigt nån åsikt, bryr mig inte riktigt om den liksom... 3/5

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Meh

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Accessible, Doors style organ.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
3

Unexpectedly like this one. Down on the beaches looking at the bitches rhymes though?

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Bisschen zu wenig Punk bisschen zu viel Pop und ein bisschen zu britisch aber klug und das beste der bisherigen Alben

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

IrishPubPunk... Kannte ich nicht nicht, hat mir aber auch nicht wirklich gefehlt...

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Not a fan of the genre necessarily.

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Mon May 24 2021
3

okay punk sound...seemed similar to stuff from the era

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Mon May 03 2021
3

gonna have to listen to more of their jams

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Wed May 05 2021
3

Odd band, plenty of misses. Preferred to see them live and this album does capture some of this.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

Meh

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

Has some interesting moments but I wouldn't listen to it again

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Mon May 24 2021
3

I am more familiar with No More Heroes than this record. That said, while I understand The Strangers' place in music history, there are hints of The Jam, The Clash, and many others on this record, but nothing on this record really does much for me to make it stand out above the output of The Jam or The Clash. It's not bad, but listening to it out of context, and well after I had done a good deep dive into UK punk rock, I'm left underwhelmed. 3*

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

The bass on this one caught my attention from the very first moments. Really catchy lines that seem to carry the whole thing. Keyboards are cool in some parts and cheesy in others. A good listen but probably not something I’ll come back to a lot.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

It was ok. Again, didn’t rock my world.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

3/5

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Uneven but not horrible

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Mon May 10 2021
3

You know what you're getting with The Stranglers - upbeat post-wave punk. I just don't like the vocals. Hanging Around is a good song.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

Pretty listenable. Reminded me of the kooks

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

A grim and atmospheric ablum sound. The swinging organ theme (as well as its jazz solos) and demented chorus add something to the song Peaches. (6/10) Favourite Song: Sometimes, Peaches

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

If you like the blues scale played up and down you‘re about to get lucky. Otherwise the solos could get a bit boring maybe even annoying, because without them the song could be quite good.

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