i’ve put it on a few times on Spotify and turned it off cos i got so bored. i finally listened to it properly the other day and its quite not as terrible as i thought, though Ibis-Afro Man might be their worst song and there’s nothing on there i’d ever actively seek out aside from Crop Dust.
interesting that you rate Reformation as i’d say that’s another contender for their worst album. a couple of good tracks admittedly (Fall Sound particularly) but most of it sounds so limp to me. which is weird as that lineup sounds really good in live vids. a couple of tracks have sounded a bit less lifeless live as well.
my friend reckons Ersatz is their worst which is probably a fair shout, it’s grown on me a little bit from owning it which i imagine they all do to some extent, but it’s definitely not great, especially after two great albums from the same lineup. i definitely thought Re-Mit was better, it’s half good but stuffed with rushed sounding filler. Sub-Lingual is dragged down by a couple of shit tracks but is mostly solid i think.
seems to be just a cycle these days between awesome krautrock jams, half decent garage rock stuff and boring rockabilly plodding. would be nice if they’d stayed on Domino so they’d have someone to keep telling him to clean up the production and stop growling and gargling. i’m not usually a fan of label interference but they definitely did them a favour on YFOC, whereas i think Cherry Red would happily release a record of MES’ farts.