Opening the album up is the track “Stop”, which begins with an attention grabbing drum machine and later introduces a funky bass line and acoustic guitar. Though Mohager’s lyrics are fresh, they seem as though they have been taken from different era. The synth buildup during the last half of the song is uplifting and enters into a fitting exit. “Hold On” is a danceable track that features an infectious chorus while taking the listener on a smooth eight-minute trip. When the chorus first comes on, which is over three minutes into the song, it is difficult not to start the song over again in an attempt to relive the initial experience.
An ever-rare feat, Mohager delivers a solid sixty minutes of music on this album. On “Teenagers”, it is easy to hear the resemblance to The Jesus and Mary Chain. The lyrics are strong, the drumbeat is light and this song has an easygoing electric guitar riff to close. Track nine on the album, “Ethical Drugs”, is a perfectly built song that starts out with some heavy drum machine action and dives headfirst into Mohager’s dark and powerful lyrics. Describing this album as a single piece is difficult, but each individual track is extremely well constructed and is a taste of the great things to come for The Chain Gang of 1974.
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