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Little Kix

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When it comes to opinions about Mansun it seems they attract extreme reactions. On the one hand they have received some brutal - and frankly - rather insulting criticism from some sections of the music press. On the plus side they have a strong cult following, not harmed by the fact that they reply personally to the fan mail they receive. Their first two albums also aimed for extremes, starting off with 1996's 'Attack Of The Grey Lantern', a widescreen pop-rock album that was one of the best of the year and then they decided to bring out 1998's 'Six', a prog-rock album which even early Genesis fans might have called self indulgent. Thankfully 'Little Kix' is a return to former glories that doesn't contain anything as fantastic as 'Legacy' or 'Stripper Vicar' but certainly has its fair share of great moments. 'Fool', the single, aims straight fo the jugular by beginning with the chorus straight away. There's delcious harmonising on 'Forgive Me' and the oft-repeated but never tiresome guitar melody that elevates 'Electric' is another definite highlight. No matter what people may say about Mansun's more grandiose moments, they have an arresting vocalist in the shape of Paul Draper whose vocal ululations are stronger than ever; just witness his range on 'Until The Next Life' for the evidence. Mansun sometimes fly a little too high with ideas above their station but more often than not they deserve to get away with it thanks to superb musicianship and sheer spirit.
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01 Butterfly (A New Beginning)
02 I Can Only Disappoint You
03 Comes As No Surprise
04 Electric Man
05 Love Is...
06 Soundtrack For 2 Lovers
07 Forgive Me
Standout Track Until The Next Life
09 Fool
10 We Are The Boys
11 Goodbye

Standout Track = Standout Track

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