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That's All Very Well But?


Download links and information about That's All Very Well But? by McCarthy. This album was released in 1986 and it belongs to Rock, Indie Rock, Pop, Alternative genres. It contains 22 tracks with total duration of 57:55 minutes.

Artist: McCarthy
Release date: 1986
Genre: Rock, Indie Rock, Pop, Alternative
Tracks: 22
Duration: 57:55
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No. Title Length
1. Red Sleeping Beauty 3:41
2. Should the Bible Be Banned 3:06
3. An M.P. Speaks 2:00
4. The Fall 1:46
5. The Funeral 2:13
6. We Are All Bourgeois Now 4:44
7. Antinature 1:44
8. Kill Kill Kill Kill 1:29
9. Frans Hals 3:13
10. The Myth of the North - South Divide 2:58
11. Something Wrong Somewhere 1:58
12. This Nelson Rockefeller 3:59
13. Charles Windsor 2:00
14. From the Damned 3:24
15. Child Soon In Chains 1:45
16. The Enemy Is At Home (For the Fat Lady) 2:07
17. The Well of Loneliness 2:31
18. You're Alive 2:11
19. Keep an Open Mind or Else 3:09
20. I'm Not a Patriot But... 3:15
21. Comrade Era 1:20
22. Should the Bible Be Banned 3:22



Initially planned for release in 1990 but surfacing in 1996 (likely prompted by the continuing success of Stereolab), That's All Very Well, But... is a somewhat haphazardly organized but still essential collection of McCarthy singles, rarities, and Peel sessions in one handy place. It's a great introduction point for anyone wanting to find out more about the band, effortlessly presenting many of the band's best moments at combining political passion with sparkling indie pop music. It's really the second quality that makes McCarthy most memorable; sharp and intriguing as so many of Eden's lyrics are on their own, it's the rushed sweetness of the melodies that put a smile on one's face and ants in one's pants, if one is so inclined. You won't find wry social critiques like "Should the Bible Be Banned," "Charles Windsor" or, perhaps above all else, the vicious portrait of post-Thatcher Britain "We Are All Bourgeois Now" anywhere else that they skip along in such summery, involving ways. Eden and Gane's guitars create a beautiful haze and chime throughout, while the John Williamson/Gary Baker rhythm section, if not as striking as the ones Gane would later work with (Baker is no Andy Ramsey, for one thing), does the job just right in enjoyable late-'80s underground fashion. Eden's bright, gentle voice is the total antithesis to the ranted rampage of, say, Zack de la Rocha, but the messages are no less powerful. The Peel Session tracks, taken from three different appearances in total, generally come across in slightly crisper fashion than the other studio cuts, while occasional touches, like the buried strings on "This Nelson Rockefeller," add just a touch more attractive flair to those studio takes. Alternate versions of "Should the Bible Be Banned" — the second is a touch quieter with more prominent acoustic guitar — are also fun additions.