Constantines CD review by Joseph P. Larkin

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Constantines CD review by Joseph P. Larkin
May 27, 2008, 14:45

Constantines - Kensington Heights

CONSTANTINES Kensington Heights CD

Unbeknownst to a large portion of the population, the Constantines are quietly becoming a force to be reckoned with, and though The Cons—as they are affectionately called by shitbirds who suck eggs—slipped a bit with their last release, Tournament of Hearts, they're back on track with Kensington Heights, their fourth and possibly best full-length album (after Shine a Light, anyway). While the music slowed to a crawl on their previous effort, the guitars have been cranked up considerably for Kensington Heights, marking a return to a more furious sound. This is not to suggest all the songs on Kensington Heights are rocking. In actuality, many of the songs are sluggish and dreamy, but they twitch with a new urgency not present on the plodding Tournament of Hearts. The refrain in this disc's opening song attests to that: “We got hard feelings.” Indeed they do! Members of the Constantines have occasionally played shows as a Neil Young cover band called Horsey Craze, thus it should come as no surprise to hear a great deal of young Neil in their sound. That's not a bad thing, mind you—a little Neil Young never hurt anyone (just ask David Crosby!). Anyway, The Cons are no con artists, thus you should feel confident that giving them your money is the right thing to do. [Arts & Crafts]

-Joseph P. Larkin


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  1. Sebastian says:

    I prefer Propagandhi's first album to aninhytg NOFX ever put out. though I enjoy sarcasm as much as the next guy, I think overuse makes it a novelty that quickly wears off. NOFX don't take it quite that far but they are close. thankfully, they make it up by making really tight punk rock tracks. [note: admittedly, I haven't heard aninhytg newer than So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes.]

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