Album #404 – Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts

Album #404

The Adverts, like many bands of the day, only recorded 2 albums before breaking up.  Their first album, Crossing The Red Sea with The Adverts, shows off their rabid energy. Some critics have said that this album is equal to Never Mind The Bollocks. I agree. T.V. Smith’s voice is part Noddy Holder, part Working Class Englishman. Like other punk bands, the songs here are humorous, ironic and fun to listen to. The Adverts are also notable for being one of the few punk bands of their day to have a female bass player, Gaye Advert, who these days works as a manager in social services. Musically, virtually every song on this album sounds similar. It became a bit boring to listen to after awhile with lyrics that, are at this point, somewhat cliche. The opening track, One Chord Wonders, was a highlight. You can feel the excitement as the song starts with feedback. I call it a punk rock masterpiece. The rest of the album, musically, failed to live up to that moment. The closer, Great British Mistake, was equally as good and ironically ends with brief feedback. I think this is probably the only album to end and begin with feedback. That alone makes it worth a listen. I just wish they would have changed it up a bit for the other tracks on this album. Overall, I give Crossing The Red Sea with The Adverts, 4 out of 5.

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