The vocals don't let up for the whole album, yet it never sounds tired, forced or mundanely repetitive. Many have tried, and failed, to perfectly merge music and poetry like this. This is one of them. It also helps that the songs are also great.
And, 'New Town'! It probably remains one of my all-time favourite songs. Against The Grain - Hookline - Hardcore, my favourite version is the one from their Triple J Live At The Wireless which doesn't seen to be anywhere on the internet.
I really should upload itwhich descends into a Velvet Underground-y wall of noise by the end of the song. I'd be trying to hunt down a vinyl copy of this album for many years. Like many hard to find treasures, it turned up on eBay from time to Envoys - Life Without Buildings - Any Other City - and always for far more than I was willing to pay for it. Then, out of nowhere, a limited re-pressing was announced for Record Store Day this year along with Adalita's first album and the first Dresden Dolls album, both for the first time on vinyl and both equally Envoys - Life Without Buildings - Any Other City of the blue.
Christmas certainly came early this year. Even then, this one was hard to track down. The set is remarkably cohesive, with the differences in each song taking a few listens to sink in.
Only six of Any Other City's ten songs will be new to those who purchased the band's trio of issued singles. The overlap is reworked, usually with slight improvements made over the original. Only "The Leanover" suffers, losing some True Til Deaf - Hoy Pinoy / MPG - Hoy Pinoy / MPG the raw thrill of the single version.
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