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by Dave Watton

These catchy guitar-driven songs pull few political punches, serving up sufficient musical and lyrical inventiveness to satisfy the most discerning fan of literate pop/rock.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What If?
4:27 album only
2. Octopus
4:55 album only
3. Twisted World
4:23 album only
4. Alone In A Crowd
4:24 album only
5. To Kill Or To Die
3:12 album only
6. Message On A Banknote
6:37 album only
7. Wake-up Call
2:38 album only
8. Lucifer
2:48 album only
9. Agassi
5:45 album only
10. Tiny Diamond
5:41 album only
11. Heavenly
4:40 album only
12. Ten Minutes
5:07 album only
13. What A Difference A Day Makes
3:42 album only
14. Girl With The Chestnut Eyes
3:12 album only


Album Notes
A manifesto is a public declaration of principles and intentions, often political in nature. And whereas 2004's Mustard Seed provided only tantalising glimpses of its writer's political world-view, this follow-up is a more combative political wake-up call, a demand for action and change inspired by a deep disillusionment with the injustice of the status quo dominated by Pax Americana.

Whether saving a sea creature from the chef's eager knife, exposing the evils and hypocrisy of the neo-conservative project and invasion of Iraq (Blush and Blare beware!) or bemoaning media subservience to the rich and powerful, compassion for all living things and an identification with the outsider - the weak and the dispossessed - serve as the principal lyrical themes of Manifesto, pervading tracks such as Octopus, Message On A Banknote and the opening tirade, What If?

The 'twisted world' evoked by these and other songs is echoed in the sleeve art, an upside-down stars and stripes symbolizing a world overturned by the latest in a long line of pathological US administrations pandering to corporate interests in open defiance of its own citizens and those of other nations.

But Manifesto has more than something important to say about the world's ills, the music once again showcasing an ear for the memorable hook, catchy melody and killer riff. Building on the distinctive sound of Mustard Seed, the familiar gleaming guitars and multi-part harmonies are complemented this time round by a bluesier feel on several of the songs together with a more relaxed and confident vocal style and some fluid lead guitar work.

Ending on a relatively tender note with Tiny Diamond and Heavenly, two tracks inspired by – and featuring – the artist's young daughter, Manifesto is an apposite title for this most personal and yet universal of albums. And with the bonus of three of the highlights from Mustard Seed, rerecorded and remixed especially for this release, Manifesto is not to be missed by discerning fans of literate pop/rock!



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