Published May 15, 2020After scoring their first Top 10 hit in the UK with their 2019 record Eton Alive, it only made sense for the Nottingham-based art-punk duo Sleaford Mods to release a compilation to let new fans catch up with the history of the band.
Characterized by vocalist Jason Williamson's political lyrics (dealing with working class life in the UK) and his spoken/rapped/shouted delivery over Andrew Fearn's rough, lo-fi and repetitive instrumentals, this 22-track compilation collects 11 previously released album tracks (spanning their output since 2013) along with 11 unreleased and standalone singles. While only some diehard fans may be familiar with the unreleased material and obscure singles, All That Glue regardless manages to serve as a perfect entry point for the duo.
The band frequently sounds like an even more minimal version of post-punk legends the Fall, as both Williamson's venomous delivery and politically sarcastic lyrical style evokes that of Mark E. Smith. And like the Fall, the minimal and repetitive instrumentals throughout recall grooves from Krautrock greats like Can and Neu!
For the most part, the tracks that come from previously released albums are the highlights, like "McFlurry" from 2013's Austerity Dogs and "Tarantula Deadly Cargo" from 2015's Key Markets. But some of the unreleased material like "Rochester" and "Blog Maggot," goes toe to toe with anything else on the compilation.
All That Glue is a great compilation, and one that should please fans and newcomers alike with enough unreleased or B-side material to fill a full-length and enough strong picks from the band's past to give new fans a perspective on what to check out next. (Rough Trade)