The insides of our nation have been exposed
I like to say that Postcards From a Young Man is Send Away the Tigers done right – that is, a commercial rock album that sounds like the band hasn’t sacrificed anything behind it. But I suppose it would be sod’s law or something that there’d be at least one song that would remind us of the band’s previous attempt to knowingly hit the charts. A case of the band thinking that just putting some guitars on the forefront is enough to make a track good.
All We Make Is Entertainment isn’t bad, it’s just boring. It’s just a bog-standard, bog-uninteresting jumpy rock thingy that has (probably) just enough effort to excite those who think that the only thing the band needs are loud guitars and stuff, but which has absolutely nothing beyond that. Well, that’s a slight fib: there is the small breakdown near the end where it’s just James and an acoustic guitar before the song enters its final rockout. It’s not a particularly special moment or anything but that sort of quick brush to something simple instead of a more typical solo strut-out or middle eight is a structure that rarely features in the band’s songs and it’s noticable just because of that.
Otherwise Wire blabs something about how entertainment is the only thing England/UK has left to export to the world, James does some dull guitaring that has no bearance whatsoever to what makes him a great guitarist and Sean pounds something in the background. Yay woo etc. Can we get to the actually interesting rockers now? They are capable of those too, y’know.