The Boomtown Rats: The Fine Art of Surfacing

Posted by

51Qo5-YeDKL._AA160_I didn’t expect a whole lot from this Irish outfit’s third LP, which I consequently found as surprising as it is enjoyable. The Rats employ dozens of rock influences—from Bowie and the Beatles to Thin Lizzy and Mott the Hoople—but the end result is entirely their own. Among the highlights on this elaborately produced, kinetic album: “I Don’t Like Mondays,” a controversial British hit that sardonically tells the true story of a schoolgirl who killed people solely for the reason cited in the title; “Having My Picture Taken,” a futuristic, schizophrenic romp; and “Someone’s Looking at You,” an expansive, well-hooked ode to paranoia.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s