Therapy? - Troublegum

by D R Pautsch Rating:9 Release Date:2014-04-07

Twenty years ago, Britpop was starting and grunge was ending. Kurt Cobain's suicide and the rise of Oasis/Blur and other Britpop bands changed music and brought British bands into the fore. With all of that, it was easy to forget that there were other bands from Britain releasing music. Therapy? were one of those and Troublegum was their most successful album.

This three disc deluxe edition celebrates 20 years by adding remixes and a few non-album cuts to the mix. The album itself is left alone and remastered. It still sounds as good now as it ever did. 

Therapy? delivered on their second album what can only be described as a masterpiece. The echoes of Metallica and other metal bands resonate throughout. It growls with anger yet has pop sensibilities and, as a whole, it's one hell of an album.  

'Screamager' was the noticeable single and its delivery, chorus and catchiness don't diminish with age. This was a song which screamed the virtues and pains of being a teenager in the midst of obsession with a person or object, and it worked. 'Nowhere' equally delivered, while 'Hellbelly' was just one example of the religious overtones the album wore without shame. This was a band hitting their stride and this was an album which was loud, angry and relentless.

The extras here are a huge let down.The remixes are something you will barely listen to and don't merit inclusion - a real shame. Thankfully, Infernal Love, the other reissue, has far more to recommend it.

Today, there are few metal bands emerging that warrant much attention. Fewer from Britain. Troublegum isn't just a brilliant British metal album. It's one of the best metal albums of the 90s. If you haven't heard it or just want to remember it, 20 years on is a great time to do so.

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