This review would be endless if I picked apart each individual track, so I’ll keep to the highlights.
“Boatman” and “Normal” have a somber, slow tone to the music beneath Martyn Jacques’ high pitched vocals. The comically condemning “Hell” is much more upbeat.
“Heroin And Cocain” and “Bones” are my favourites on the album. The jolly music and vocals only add to the morbid humour of the lyrics.
“Prison House Blues” and “Jacky” are heavy with accordion and blues. The cover of “Autumn Leaves” is pretty and melancholy. “Open Your Legs” is every bit as devoid of class and full of fun as the title would suggest.
“Her Room” and “Haunting Me” have stirring strings and jazzy horns. “War” sounds almost like a less literary Decemberists song. “Wake Up” has a foot tappin’ jazz beat.
“Lily Marlene” was the first Tiger Lillies song that I ever heard and probably their prettiest tune. Though it’s not exactly a happy song, it is deceptively sweet and innocent compared to the rest of their catalogue.
You can hear samples from the album online here.