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RR04 Oasis – Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants

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At the turn of the 21st century, Oasis were still riding high after the release of Definitely Maybe and (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?. Even self-indulgent, bloated third album Be Here Now garnered mainly positive responses upon its release in 1997 and became the fastest-selling album in British chart history, shifting 424,000 copies on the first day of its release.

By the time the band’s fourth album, Standing on the Shoulders of Giants was released, critical appraisal had turned to sniping in an attempt to bring down a band who had simply become too big to fail … well, in the UK at least. Steve and Remfry discuss whether the album deserves the critical drubbing it received, the myth (often perpetuated by the Gallagher brothers themselves) that they were the biggest band in the world and the time Remfry was almost fired from The Independent for calling Liam Gallagher the c-word.

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RR03 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Murder Ballads

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The ninth album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds consisted of new and traditional murder ballads, songs that deal with crime or gruesome death. It seemed a very un-commercial move for an artist who had two years previous reached his commercial peak-to-date with 1994’s Let Love In and its accompanying singles Do You Love Me?, Loverman and Red Right Hand.

Despite its morbid nature (or maybe because of it) Murder Ballads attracted a number of guests including Shane MacGowan, PJ Harvey and Kylie Minogue, a collaboration that probably remains the Nick Cave’s most famous collaboration to date. It even smashed his previous sales, achieving Gold certification (Let Love In attained silver) and set Cave up for what would debatably become the most celebrated (and best) part of his career.

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RR02 Bon Iver – 22, A Million

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The second Rioteers Review comes from the mind of Alasdhair McMillan, who we thank for being the first person to suggest an album and therefore unintentionally starting thing whole strand of Riot Act. Well done mate! Alasdhair gave Steve and Remfry ’22 A Million’ by modern folk manipulator Bon Iver. One of the guys is a big fan of Bon Iver, the other is… just confused by it all. Listen now to hear who’s who!

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RR01 Manic Street Preachers – Gold Against The Soul

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In the first ever in a new series, Steve and Remfry dive deep on an album suggested by the lovely people over on the Riot Act Patreon. This week’s pick – Manic Street Preachers’ 1993 sophomore effort ‘Gold Against The Soul’ – comes from Christopher Clayton, and it’s a fantastic suggestion seeing as the boys are a couple of 90s Brit rock enthusiasts!

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