The punningly titled Brixton Mortars is a budget-priced compilation of the final two Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine CDs, 1997's A World Without Dave mini-album, and the following year's valedictory I Blame the Government (plus a couple of non-LP single sides). Nothing less than a decade had elapsed since Jimbob and Fruitbat first emerged from obscurity with the scintillating "A Sheltered Life," and these final recordings were a glowing testament to just how far they had traveled since then -- and how little they had really changed. Still bristling with some of the ghastliest puns and cleverest wordplay around, still nailing their flag to absurdly contagious melody and chorus, Carter might have had one foot in the commercial grave, but they remained as exhilarating as ever. Few people, of course, could instantly pull anything off either disc and wave it alongside Carter's greatest classics -- there's no "Bloodsports for All" here, no "Only Living Boy in New Cross," no "Glam Rock Cops." But "I Blame the Government," "Growing Old Disgracefully," "Road Rage" and "Before The War" are remarkable regardless, punk rock classics from a band that remembered when punk meant more than selling a million records, and slogans were written to be acted upon, not worn on a T-shirt. There again, Carter were always closer to Crass and Chumbawamba than Green Day and the Offspring, in terms of intent, if not commercial impact. And their dog days were the years when they let that be known without a care in the world.
AllMusic Review by Dave Thompson
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2