This is their sophomore album, and also a bigger success than their debut, reaching the #2 spot. Here they follow a more aggressive Punkier sound, without abandoning their signature keyboard sound, unlike most Punk bands of the era.
1. I Feel Like A Wog 3.5/5
This song has been considered racist because of the word "Wog". Wog was an old British slang term, characterizing Indian or Pakistani people. Apart from this, it's a cool song.
2. Bitching 3.5/5
The Pub Rock influences are still around. A pretty decent track, yet not the best of the album.
3. Dead Ringer 4/5
Here the lyrics are perhaps political-related. It could be a song by The Clash, why not?
4. Dagenham Dave 4/5
Now they approach a darker theme, talking about a friend's suicide. Still the music is pretty upbeat, and I like the anthemic chorus
5. Bring On The Nubiles 5/5
The best song from the A-side. Some years later they made a remake called Cocktail Nubiles. It was made during the sessions of the album La Folie, and they used a different arrangement than the one here, in the Baroque Pop style of their 6th album.
6. Something Better Change 3/5
Although it was the lead single of the LP, it was the weaker song of the album in my opinion. Still it managed to be a Top 10 hit in the UK.
7. No More Heroes 5/5
Another UK Top 10 hit for The Stranglers, and perhaps the biggest hit of the 70s era of The Stranglers. Simply a classic.
8. Peasant In The Big Shitty 4.5/5
One of the rare occasions, where keyboardist Dave Greenfield does the lead vocals. A kinda creepy song, but that's what made The Stranglers cool.
9. Burning Up Time 3.5/5
The punkiest song, from the B-Side of the disc. I like it less than the rest though, but it has a pretty good keyboard solo.
10. English Towns 5/5
Short song, but it kicks ass! Like the guitar solo in the middle.
11. School Mam 5/5
Another 7 minute classic, just like Down In The Sewer from their previous album. Shall we call it "Progressive Punk" maybe?
The most aggressive album by The Stranglers, and that was also another reason why they were labeled as a Punk band, and from now on The Stranglers will become more mellow as years go by.