STA is now Ten Years Old

10/10 - Somehow JPL Have Achieved A Hat Trick Of Beautifuly Diverse And Exciting Long Players.

Some kind of hybrid of Rage Against The Machine and the Climax Blues Band,

T: Following two tremendous albums was never going to be easy, but somehow JPL have achieved a hat trick of beautifuly diverse and exciting long players. This time around the band seems to have metamorphed into some kind of hybrid of Rage Against The Machine and the Climax Blues Band, with the rhythm section getting some kind of an uber-funk workout. Many of the tracks on the band's latest album utilise a cowbell, which is refreshing in itself, and the whole thing is a little confusing, seeming to focus mainly on the themes of jazz, soul and...er...boxing. But what the hell, I like to be confused. What still shines through on this album is the group's ability to write a knockout, killer hook, as witnessed on the ridiculously fantastic "Why Do They Never Play Les Savy Fav On The Radio?", the short but sweet "Jamerson Used The Claw" or the charmingly named "Dizzy Gillespie For President"!

N: I think from listening to the first track you played, "Why Do They Never Play Les Savy Fav On The Radio?", Andrew and his crew have swallowed a phat pill and come over all Beastie Boys. No bad thing though. The bicycle wasn't broken to start with, but in the creativity stakes that shouldn't be a reason not to tamper and what a remarkable discovery they have made.

T: Superb. Again!

- Nick James & Tone E, Atomic Duster