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mclusky: The Difference Between Me And You Is That I'm Not On Fire

 
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The Difference Between Me And You Is That I'm Not On Fire

If mclusky were a guy, I'd like totally have a huge crush on him. Sure, he's kind of a misfit, and more than a little obnoxious, and, let's face it, just a bit of a sociopath. But those are the very things that make him so damn sexy. Luckily for me, though (because I'm trying to get out of my jerk-dating phase), mclusky are not a guy but a Welsh indie rock band, so I can have my crush without the consequences.

Produced by Steve Albini (Pixies, Nirvana, Bush) and released two years after their second album, mclusky Do Dallas, which was also produced by Albini, mclusky's latest release, The Difference Between Me And You Is That I'm Not On Fire, features a new drummer, Jack Egglestone, joining singer/guitarist Andrew Falkous and bassist/guitarist/singer Jon Chapple.

While there's nothing here quite as cheerfully insulting as "To Hell With Good Intentions" from mclusky Do Dallas, which features the lyrics "my love is bigger than your love/we take more drugs than a touring funk band" and "my band is better than your band/we've got more songs than a song convention," mclusky have by no means turned nice. Try "You Should Be Ashamed, Seamus," on which mclusky proclaim, "what's the point of do it yourself when it looks so shit that these kids can't even feed themselves?"

Rough, rude and loud, The Difference Between Me And You Is That I'm Not On Fire is not for everyone. These are jagged songs than sometimes make a statement and sometimes don't make any sense. Just when you think you have a feel for the album, however, you come across a quieter song like "Your Children Are Waiting For You To Die," which sounds like something Modest Mouse would have written a few years ago. "Falco vs. The Young Canoeist," on the other hand, sounds like a lost Nirvana track. And "Forget About Him I'm Mint" is so catchy, you might find yourself singing along before you even realize you're singing about the anti-psychotic drug Thorazine.

Having listened to The Difference Between Me And You Is That I'm Not On Fire several times, I get the feeling that mclusky's image as clever/obnoxious/cocky doesn't really match this album. It's not that mclusky are all of a sudden stupid or pleasant or modest, it's simply that they seem to be moving away from their "The World Loves Us And Is Our Bitch" days. It's enough to make my crush wane a bit, but then "Forget About Him I'm Mint" brings me right back in.

Natalya Minkovsky

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