To say that Drunk Tank Pink is a step in a different direction for South London pack Shame would be as misleading as mentioning how the record is a surprisingly quiet outing for a group that only ever had one foot in the 'post' bit of 'post punk'. Nevertheless, it is an altogether more thoughtful and weirdly delicate affair compared to previous outings, like thugs revealing themselves as easily bruised.
'Water In The Well', 'Great Dog' and 'Alphabet' offer some counterpoints - raucous, pulsating and sweat-soaked in equal measure. But on the whole this is as much about vulnerabilities as it is raw knee-jerk emotions. File next to, or at least in the vicinity of, Killing Joke and PiL, but expect a few shades of early Talking Heads and you won't go far wrong.
Limited Galaxy Pink Marbled Vinyl LP + Booklet
Includes printed inner sleeve with photos and credits as well as a 29 x 58cm (11.5 x 23in) folded, poster insert with lyrics and credits on one side, Canoe painting on the other
1. "Alphabet" (2:53)
2. "Nigel Hitter" (3:24)
3. "Born In Luton" (4:47)
4. "March Day" (1:31)
5. "Water In The Well" (4:46)
6. "Snow Day" (5:21)
1. "Human, For A Minute" (4:31)
2. "Great Dog" (1:57)
3. "6/1" (2:37)
4. "Harsh Degrees" (3:06)
5. "Station Wagon" (6:31)