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Best Of? by The Bayonets

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Reviewed on 6th June 2006.


Best Of?

By The Bayonets

Listening to the first track provided for me here in neat digital form I marvel at the fact that The Bayonets only formed a few months ago. 'August' begins with a catchy riff thus increasing my anticipation for the sunny time of festivals and warm beer and lyrics like 'She says that she wants you' reminiscent only of the adolescence of many adolescents and beyond.

'Stick to What You're Good At' sees the collective take on an altogether more adult, reflective and realist direction: no harm is done however as the track seeks only to prove the potential of the band as legendary songsmiths. What luck to be reviewing lyrics such as these: 'It's not a crime to try and make a future for your children'.

Third track 'Wasting Your Time' showcases an altogether different sound for the Yorkshiremen and they certainly are not doing what the title dictates. The sound here is edgier and more rock 'n' roll if you will Gary's vocals this time grittier and with a distinct real-life tone about them. Swoon!

'Waterside' introduces the harmonica into The Bayonets equation and with it brings a much welcomed folk sound to the bands repertoire. Folk never worked against anyone in the history of music ever, well when drugs weren't involved anyway. You know what I said in the second paragraph about them becoming talented songwriters in their own right? Well now all that's left is to watch the flower blossom and grow.



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