2003 : SHACK – LONDON ICA (NME, 9 AUG 2003)

Into their third decade of Love fetishism and with Arthur Lee himself back in action, it’s NME’s duty to ask: why do Shack bother? Reason demands that surely the point has been made by now.

And then, of course, Mick Head opens his mouth and the question looks a bit silly. From the beauty of a delicate stroll through Queen Matilda (from their offshoot Strands album) to the exquisite melancholy delights of brother John’s Miles Apart from new album Here’s Tom With The Weather, the experience is as comforting and welcome as a woollen blanket and cup of soup on a winter’s night.

Love’s Forever Changes is still the springboard (the final encore is A House Is Not A Motel) but the new material is a refinement of their vision. So where Pull Together is still thre great lost Oasis anthem, newie On The Terrace is a mini symphony.

Having survived more disasters than the Royal Family, it’s fitting that Shack should make their comeback across the road from Buck House.

NME is happy to lead the revolution to have the royals chucked out and Mick and John installed as the new Heads Of State.

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Zilch (1988)
1. Emergency (listen)
2. Someone’s Knocking (listen)
3. John Kline (listen)
4. I Need You (listen)
5. Realization (listen)
6. High Rise Low Life (listen)
7. Who Killed Clayton Square? (listen)
8. Who’d Believe It? (listen)
9. What’s It Like… (listen)
10. The Believers (listen)