Geldof: Sex, Age and Death

Since the demise of the Rats, Sir Bob has probably been better known for his fund raising activities and his private life. He's had a few mediocre solo albums but has been fairly quite of late. Now he's comeback with some new material, he's dropped the "Bob" and wheeled in the ex rats bassist and co-writer, Pete Briquette, and the result is a huge roller coaster of an album. Anyone familiar with Geldof's lyrics will find his metaphors instantly recognisable and his vocal style remains unchanged from his early boomtown rats days. The album kicks off with "One For Me" where a slapping acoustic guitar and gentle vocals introduce us to a plucking Mark Knopfler styled guitar and some stolen Hendrix lyrics before rolling into a harmonious sing-a-long chorus. "Mudslide" too starts of tamely and promises to be fairly uneventful until a blistering guitar lick takes us into another powerful chorus. "Mind in Pocket" sounds a bit like a Death In Vegas song at first before the grungy guitar kicks in as Geldof bleats out some great lines like "There's people on the streets, dancing to their car alarms". "Scream in Vain" sounds up to date with its echoing drums and a pulsating bass, towards the end of the song it changes tempo and for some unexplained reason makes me conjure up images of Frank Skinner dancing in his underpants. Moving swiftly along, Geldof's potty mouth lyrics to "Inside Your Head" afford the album a parental warning sticker on the front of the album. Fortunately this has been placed in the bottom left hand corner so as not to obscure the lovely album cover. I don't suppose it will be everyone's cup of tea but in my humble opinion, this is Geldof's best work since 1979's "The Fine Art of Surfacing".