The Wildhearts

Sick of Drugs

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The Wildhearts' seemingly interminable string of four-track EPs continues unabated with this April 1996 release, featuring four entirely new offerings from Ginger's twisted band of merry men. That is, if you count leadoff duo "Sick of Drugs" and "Underkill," both of which had actually been debuted on the fan club-only Fishing for Luckies album a few months earlier. Both are typical samples of the band's commercially savvy hard rock sound, with a few surprises thrown in out of left field for good measure. For its second half, the EP displays the Wildhearts at their most vulnerable, starting with the lilting harmonies and rare acoustic guitars of the despondent "Bad Time to Be Having a Bad Time," then segueing into the '50s-styled balladry spliced with contemplative drug-glorifying of curious closer "Sky Chaser High."

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