On the flip-side, much of the record is bland, notably ‘Strange Ambition’ and ‘New House’ which leave you wanting something with the bite and hooks of their aforementioned Scottish contemporaries. With just 8 tracks here there is little room to hide and the drab title track slips head first into muzak territory replete with an ill fitting saxophone solo. The lyrics meanwhile are a tidal wave of cliches about needing to be saved from oneself and other such platitudes. Proceedings finish with ‘Curtains’ , a dull uninspiring instrumental affair which drifts along with anything happening before fading out into nothingness. In many ways ‘Perpetual Surrender’ is the average British weather forecast; patchy, dull and cloudy with occasional sunny spells. Room for improvement.
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