“A Different Kind Of Tension” by Buzzcocks - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1979Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Buzzcocks swansong LP (as was thought at the time) saw them bow out on a high, with a completely unblemished report card. Their trademark high quality pop punk fare is the order-of-the-day on side one, with guitarist Steve Diggle given a platform to sing on 3 of his own compositions. One of the most interesting aspects of the Buzzcocks was the relentless experimentation prevalent over their short 70s existence, and it’s one of Diggle’s compositions that stands as one of the album’s highlights, the highly driven and super-rhythmic “Sittin’ Round At Home”. Side two mixes the formula further still, and the dynamism of the title-track showcases the band’s experimental approach in its finest light. The track retains a raw punk edge as it explores the electronic wonders of the burgeoning new wave movement, whilst harking back to the Kraut rockers and even the psychedelic warriors. It serves as a magnificent highlight and, in many ways, sums up all that’s best about the Buzzcocks; purveyors of Punk as pop art.

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A1 [02:23] 7.9.png Buzzcocks - Paradise (Peter McNeish) Punk
A2 [02:38] 8.8.png Buzzcocks - Sitting Around At Home (Steve Diggle) New Wave
A3 [02:55] 8.2.png Buzzcocks - You Say You Don’t Love Me (Peter McNeish) New Wave
A4 [02:22] 7.2.png Buzzcocks - You Know You Can’t Help It (Steve Diggle) Punk
A5 [03:35] 7.3.png Buzzcocks - Mad Mad Judy (Steve Diggle) Punk
A6 [03:32] 5.9.png Buzzcocks - Raison D’Etre (Peter McNeish) Punk
B1 [02:43] 6.4.png Buzzcocks - I Don’t Know What To Do With My Life (Peter McNeish) Punk
B2 [02:45] 6.7.png Buzzcocks - Money (Peter McNeish) New Wave
B3 [04:46] 8.2.png Buzzcocks - Hollow Inside (Peter McNeish) New Wave
B4 [04:39] 9.7.png Buzzcocks - A Different Kind Of Tension (Peter McNeish) New Wave
B5 [07:09] 8.2.png Buzzcocks - I Believe (Peter McNeish) New Wave
B6 [00:41] 5.0.png Buzzcocks - Radio Nine (Peter McNeish) Sketch / Skit

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