Muffy features possibly the most moving, haunting track of modern day music, the amazing and much loved ‘Horses’. Unfortunately the reviewer below obviously didn’t open his heart to it!
Kicking off with the quirk, Cramps meets Bad Manners ‘Spooky House’ you’re immediately drawn into the ‘different’ world of Alex, Pwosion and co. ‘Love Of My Life’ is a skanktastic number with it’s brass and guitar mix before we get the brilliantly cathartic ‘Stigmata’. If the words ‘Johnny Rambo’ aren’t stuck in your head after a few spins then you’re probably missing your drop C tuned seven string. Next up is the only weak link of the record, as no matter how much I’ve tried to warm to it ‘Horses’ just reminds me of those horrible Czech fairy tales that BBC seemed to show every Christmas. Fortunately everything’s right back on track quickly with the agi-acoustic vibe of ‘Sinking’ and the first non-acoustic track ‘Plasterer’, which is simple finger-in-the-eye punk rock at its best. ‘You Married A Tortured Genius’ is the work of one, whilst ‘Donkey Of The Damned’ is the kind of song Green Day wish they could still write. ‘She Cut Her Finger’ is simply one of the best songs Wonk Unit have ever written. With some typically inane lyrics overlaying a catchy as fuck acoustic rhythm and a well-placed smattering of trumpet it’s a brilliant song. ‘Pearl White Awkwardness’ plugs the guitars back in and is a stormer of Snuff/China Drum proportions. The mellow ‘Lady’ gives way to the ultimate angst anthem of the manual worker ‘Pon The Scaffold The Wind Cuts Through’ with its ‘Cement You Cunt’ refrain that should grace everyone’s Christmas Tea with the family this and every year. Recent video track ‘Elbows’ brings the beef (and will ring true with anyone who suffers London Transport with any regularity) before ‘The Woods’ finishes everything is low key style with tales of teenage fantasies (well hunting for discarded porn mags actually).
The songwriting is what has always lifted Wonk Unit above the rest of the pack and ‘Muffy’ serves further testament to this, Alex Johnson yet again turning out songs that stick to you like a freshly flicked turd.
Another essential listen. Review here.
1.Spooky House 02:45
2.Love Of My Life 02:02
7.You Married A Tortured Genius 02:37
8.Donkey Of The Damned 02:59
9.She Cut Her Finger 01:42
10.Pearly White Awkwardness 02:33
12.Pon The Scaffold The Wind Cuts Through 02:11
14.The Woods 02:15