Life Without Buildings

Young Offenders

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The A-side off the third single from Life Without Buildings is punky and jumpy, skipping merrily along until a nifty switch about two minutes in. Sue Tompkins points her finger at someone for being a "nice scene steal-ah," an inelastic Mark E. Smith moment if there ever was one. It would later be re-recorded for Any Other City. The flip side is actually identified as a B-side, differing from the previous singles' AA-sides. That's odd, because "Daylighting" is just as good as the prior flip sides. Though still very much Life Without Buildings, the slow, gentle instrumentation and hushed vocals sound a fair amount like the Sundays on a decent day. If it weren't for Tompkins' repetitive stuttering, you'd think she was Harriet Wheeler. Not a bad thing at all.

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