New Model Army hail from Bradford, Yorkshire and are named after the English Civil War army led by Oliver Cromwell. It is now nearly 30 years since their first album was released. In that time they have been one of the most consistent bands around, developing a strong and devoted fan base. Their music has been described as "folk rock", but they defy any genre definition, and the lyrics are a very important element. They are known for having left wing tendencies but, like another well known lefty, Billy Bragg, their best moments are when they move away from directly political subjects and concentrate on more personal messages.
Released in 1989 this was the fourth New Model Army album and imo their best. Justin Sullivans writing has always been excellent but the band as a whole found a new maturity here and the whole album feels very polished. 225, Green and Grey and Family Life are the standout tracks for me.
The original album contained 10 songs (the cassette version added an extra track '125mph') and I suggest you judge the album on those 10 (or 11 tracks) as the extra 4 tracks on the end of the re-released version that are on Spotify/Grooveshark rather dilute the impact.
Spotify+ Grooveshark Links
New Model Army – Thunder And Consolation