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This UK rock band's sophomore album demonstrates the group's maturation artistically as it melds existing power riffs, drums, and bass lines to claps, shakers, Beach Boys-styled harmonies, and evolved lyrics. Tracks "Return of the Berserker" and "Cope" offer hard, pogo-worthy punk rock. Singer Barry Hyde's shouting vocals admonishing Go home/think about it properly on opener "Yes/No" forecast a highly introspective album where each track documents the nervousness about change that plagues most rock stars early in their careers. Even the reflective title track, which mourns the 1958 Munich air crash that claimed the lives of 23 Manchester United soccer players, staff, and reporters returning from a winning game in Belgrade, seems to suggest the band's own fear of a similarly early end. Not if this album is any indication.


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