The Last Significant Statement To Be Made In Rock’n’Roll
Sad Gnome Records
written by Ged M
Apr 22, 2007.
You can express disillusion with the way pop is eating itself in two ways: a fuck-you-and-turn-the-amps-to-11 nihilism or a smart dissection of the problem using words like stanley knives. The Indelicates opt for the latter: whether it’s ripping apart the music scene in the title track (“everything that follows is a footnote”) or the attraction of drugs in ‘Heroin’ (“not the bad heroin/ the good heroin, that rock stars take”), their lyrics are clever and barbed. And they can rock too; ‘The Last Significant Statement…’ smacks you in the napper with its anthemic pop while ‘Sixteen’ has an amazing powerpop chorus. They’ve got a tendency to the epic: there are plenty of Queen or even Meatloaf moments but the arrangements are grounded by clever wordplay, or vice versa: ‘Stars’ starts as a twinkly ballad but is instantly subverted by Julia’s opening couplet: “I’m in love with the boy next door/ he treats me like a filthy whore”. As artpop goes, it’s damn fine stuff and the title is a contender for best title ever.