The Bollock Brothers

The Prophecies of Nostradamus

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Jettisoning, for the most part, the covers that render some other Bollock Brothers albums tedious endurance tests, Prophecies of Nostradamus contains mostly original compositions. The first surprise is that rather than the sloppy punk rock the band is renowned for, the Bollocks now play a sleek, elegant, polished version of goth rock, sounding like a slightly scruffier Cure or Sisters of Mercy. The second is that the covers are actually missed, as the new material, while more refined, is utterly undistinguished. Bollocks mastermind Jock McDonald can be counted on to come up with a funny punk yarn here and there (such as "Count Dracula (Where's Ya Troosers?)"), but in an attempt to be more thoughtful and mystical, he's quashed his sense of humor and cranked out some of the blandest, least compelling futuristic rock this side of a dud Hawkwind album. There are also covers of Led Zeppelin's "Heartbreaker" and Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride," but these are pure filler. As an added bonus, however, the CD tacks on what is arguably the Bollock Brothers' most famous song, their slightly rewritten cover of Serge Gainsbourg's "Harley David (Son of a Bitch)" (which was not included on the original issue of the album). It's become something of a new wave touchstone, but fans are advised to seek out the CD single, as here it's surrounded by no small amount of padding. Despite containing the Bollocks' most famous song, Prophecies of Nostradamus is by no means an album for casual fans, and most would do better to seek out other Bollock Brothers albums instead.

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