The Wildhearts

Just in Lust

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Named after the second single from the smash-laden P.H.U.Q. album, Just in Lust was the only Wildhearts release featuring short-lived second guitarist Mark Keds (that's him on the cover, the very pretty one), who was in and out of the band faster than even the drama-loving Ginger could have imagined. Other than that, it was just another day at the office for the band, who continued to amaze listeners with the high-quality material they could conjure up for these seemingly unimportant releases. The excellent "Mindslide," for instance, is blessed by an effortless hard rock melodicism, and constitutes a vintage example of Ginger's uniquely gifted songcraft. The supremely ironic "Friend for 5 Minutes," on the other hand, combines a wide array of challenging, start-stop heavy metal devices with yet another wonderfully simple and pop-friendly chorus. Paradoxically, the one-minute, 40-second fury of closer "S.I.N." is nothing more than a pummeling, one-dimensional thrash-out.

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