Almost half of the album is filler; among the baddies are the overblown “Upside” and the pointless commentary of “Whiteboy.” The album is not a total loss though.
“72” features percolating keyboards and a very appealing aura of mystery as singer Tim Booth apparently confronts God. “Hey Ma” is an anti-war song with an appropriate feel of a march about it; the song sounds very Irish for a band from Manchester.
“Bubbles” features a chanted chorus of “I’m alive,” and the song could be a statement about the revival of the band. Whatever its inspiration, the song effervesces with joy (and a few horn flourishes), but it sets the bar a little too high for the band to match with the rest of Hey Ma.
Hey Ma is currently available.