When my friend CallPastorJekface told me back in 2004 that I had to listen to the new Stranglers album, my response was likely both incredulous and dismissive. After all, at that point, I hadn't listened to a new Stranglers album since I mistakenly picked up Dream Time on L.P. back in the 80's. But low, behold and HOLY HELL Norfolk Coast was one of the mightiest comebacks I'd ever heard. With a new lead singer (or two) the band had bludgeoned together aspects from all over it's career (and not just my beloved '77). Witness, the amazing "Big Thing Coming" from that album as proof:
or check out "Specter of Love" this from their 2006 follow-up, Suite XIV
Or even their latest single from 2010:
This Sheffield show is an audience recording but a good-sounding one and there's only enough audience noise to remind you that you made it though the door and get to take in the show from right up close. It's well worth a listen, especially as it offers hard proof of how much bottle this band has left at this late stage of the game.
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