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THE MONKS Suspended Animation
Angel Air SJPCD279 (2009)

The Monks

The Monks were formed in 1979 and featured the talents of Richard Hudson and John Ford, both former members of The Strawbs. Releasing their debut album 'Bad Habit' the same year, this went on to gain platinum status in Canada, as did 1981ís follow up album 'Suspended Animation'- whilst the band were playing to huge audiences there.

Now, almost 30 years later, 'Suspended Animation' is being re-released, having been out of print since the late '90s. With a slight new wave feel to proceedings, the album includes highlights such as the reggae tinged opening track 'Donít Want No Reds', title track 'Suspended Animation', 'Cool Way To Live' (there is something very The Darkness about this one!!) and 'Oxford Street' which has a Dylanesque opening which gives way to a much more upbeat track. The band even pays homage to Hank Marvin in the instrumental 'Space Fruit'.

Also included in this re-release are 6 bonus tracks which formed part of what would have been album number 3 'Cybernetic Sister'. Of these tracks 'Beasts In Cages', 'Lost In Romance' and the title track, give a glimpse as to what this non-completed album would have been like.

There is also a comprehensive booklet accompanying this release containing rare photos, a history of the band and full lyrics.


Review by Nikk Gunns

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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