Review of Before I Hit Wall (19/04/04 Cooking Vinyl) Single by The Mendoza Line

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The Mendoza Line - Before I Hit Wall (19/04/04 Cooking Vinyl) - Single Review

The Mendoza Line

Before I Hit Wall

(19/04/04 Cooking Vinyl)

Bubbly flower pop is blossoming this spring with the likes of Franz Ferdinand and the Delays getting into the heads of listeners with their buzzing sounds. The Athens formed Mendoza Line introduce this style to us with a tad more subtlety, with this single taken from their ‘Fortune’ album out on 3rd May 2000. Dave Gahan style vocals and instrumentals similar to those of the aforementioned bands come

The Mendoza Line - Before I Hit Wall (19/04/04 Cooking Vinyl) - Single Review

together to make this bouncy tune. The catchy chorus that repeats the song title, kicks in after a melodious instrumental build up that will have you drowning out Tim Bracy’s soft vocals in no time, as you get caught up in the rhythm and commence singing along.

Bracy’s versatile vocals take on a Stuart Murdoch meets Bob Dylan style in the pessimistic yet strangely uplifting ‘Either Way You Lose’ that is the most rock friendly tune on this three tack offering. It is hard not to sigh when glancing at the single’s track listing to see a track dedicated to Joe Strummer, is it yet another band trying to keep themselves upright in the cut and thrust of the music industry by standing on the coffin of the poor legend? However, the harmonica based ‘Our Consumptive King’ is a passable mournful ballad that Joe would have been quite pleased with. It has a philosophical and reflective nature like that of the great man’s last album released just after he died.

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David Adair

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