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ARTERY Into The Garden - An Artery Collection
Cherry Red CDMRED296 (2006)

Debuting on vinyl in 1979, Artery were kind of left over punks, with nods towards new wave pop. Sheffield’s answer to Joy Division, if that’s possible. Championed by John Peel too.

'Into The Garden' kicks off, with a well written melody over a monotonous rhythm, while 'Afterwards' has touches of early U2, only less samey. Others are more fun to listen to; an element of Madness without the Ska. The set also features guitarist Simon Hinkler, later to find fame in The Mission.

There’s many curious here, some great tracks, rarities and some unreleased gems; a collection worked about right for a band who don’t quite demand their entire works on CD.

Well annotated and well aimed, but only just above average new wave of very limited interest.


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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