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We Come as Aliens

  • 1. Best Album
    2. Takeover
    3. Back In the Community
    4. Same Plan
    5. If We'd've
    6. Et Meme
    7. Rhododendron Town
    8. That Train
    9. Somewhere In the World
    10. Ne'er
    11. Out of Our Zone
    12. Life In the Distance
    13. Music of a Werewolf
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 210342

  • Credits
    ProducerJon Clayton; Vic Godard
    EngineerJon Clayton

    Personnel: Vic Godard (vocals, guitar); Kevin Younger (guitar, piano, organ); Simon Rivers (guitar, background vocals); Mark Braby (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Jon Clayton (synthesizer, percussion); Gary Ainge, Paul Cook (drums, percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Jon Clayton.
    Recording information: One Cat Studios, London.
    Vic Godard's first new album since 2002's Sansend opens with what might well be his most self-defining statement of intent yet, the Northern soul sway of "Best Album" -- self-defining because We Come as Aliens might well be just that. Cut with the latest of so many Subway Sect lineups (Mark Braby, Kev Younger, Gary Ainge, and ex-Pistol Paul Cook), 13 tracks are as intriguingly melodic as Godard has ever been, and as lyrically bright as well, while Godard's voice remains locked in its traditional place somewhere between a louche Mark E. Smith and a bored Peter Perrett. Thank goodness for the lyric sheet, screams a small nation of Godard followers, although it won't help you with "Et Meme," a Franoise Hardy song that Godard has apparently been wanting to voice since 1977, and which he gifts with the most diabolical French pronunciation this side of an English sitcom. It's a dramatic album, a collection of highs that occasionally reach toward even greater heights, and all driven along by Godard's unique approach to everything he puts his mind to. Who else could write a song about getting up in the morning and waiting for a train that never comes? And more importantly, who else would even want to? ~ Dave Thompson

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (magazine) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Godard understands his idiosyncrasies, and has learned to marshal them in a way that compellingly blends punk energy and Northern soul rhythms."
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