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A Picture of Good Health

Afghan Moon/PIAS

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Great art moves in cycles, and more often than not is borne out of desperate measures in line with desperate times. So as the proliferation of right wing initiated austerity threatens to engulf the globe, it’s difficult to envisage an album like this being created at any other time.

The follow-up to 2017’s excellent debut Popular Music, A Picture of Good Health finds Hull, England four-piece LIFE at their most angrily buoyant. Whereas its predecessor often rallied against the evils of Trump and global recession, this record points its collective fingers at corrupt targets and social inequalities closer to home. Singer Mez Green is in fine voice throughout, sounding like East Yorkshire’s answer to Mark E. Smith on incisive two-minute warnings “Moral Fibre” and “Grown Up.”

“Bum Hour” continues the post-punk adrenaline rush of the band’s debut but it’s on the likes of “Excite Me”think ‘90s oddball rockers Earl Brutus had they spent their teenage summers in windy Bridlingtonor desolate fraggle rocker “Thoughts” which resembles The Smiths’ “How Soon Is Now” after a heavy night on the tiles.

Comparisons aside, A Picture of Good Health is the sound of an indignant British youth rebelling against its peers. Who said protest songs were dead? (

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