The Undertones - Hypnotised - Review
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If the band had a manifesto in these early stages, it was "More Chocolate and Girls", from second release Hypnotised. The song's title is a tribute to Talking Heads and their album More Songs About Buildings And Food, but the subject matter champions simplicity. In Sharkey's words, "It's never too late to enjoy dumb entertainment". While a little short on paeans to confections, four songs on Hypnotised feature the word "girl" in the title, and even more concern girls and little else. Yet Hypnotised should not be mistaken as a repeat of The Undertones; little sparks of progression shine through in the build and sway of "The Way Girls Talk" and in the '60s pining of "Wednesday Week".

Maria Schurr
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