Yes, there’s a lot to be angry about: even an abridged list of worthy 2020 gripes would last far longer than this review’s word count. And an ability to articulate in simple terms the kind of frustrations faced by many in an at least semi-rhythmic manner should be, right now, an easy sell. Unfortunately ‘Spare Ribs’, the latest from East Midlands agitators Sleaford Mods falls far closer to Abe Simpson’s online legacy than a call to arms. Take ‘Elocution’. The majority of the song’s somewhat noble cause is directed at people play-acting posh to get ahead, but in a line curiously close to a subtweet, the exaggerated well-spoken intro directly references support of independent venues. Or the Amy Taylor-featuring ‘Nudge It’ which has the pair sounding like a conspiracy theory-spouting couple you’re desperately dodging on the way to the pub toilets. Not one for anyone who’s not already won over by the pair’s particular charms.
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