Okay I sold my vinyl copy of Mega City Four's second album, Who Cares Wins, back in '91 and probably didn't regret it much till yesterday. It's an album that grows on you slowly, in my case, glacially. My initial disappointment stemmed from a certain sameness to the record's sound and shortage of those magical Wiz hooks. Perhaps I expected something along the lines of The Doughboys' sophomore album, Home Again where the sensitive-pop-kids-with-loud-guitars shtick went 3-D, with sympathetic production and a commensurate leap in songwriting strength. But that's not quite the way of this album,which employs most of the lyrical and musical tricks of their earlier work without adding any one obviously new element.
But a consistent MC4 album is no bad thing. Instead of the songs leaping out at you, they skulk in the shadows waiting to found and appreciated; it's a very passive-aggressive as pop albums go.
One of the least surreptitious moments of the album is "No Such Place As Home" which packs an album's worth of hooks into 4:09.
So, give WCW a spin and see if it takes less than 20 years to grow on you.
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