It’s been five long years since Skinny Lister’s breakthrough album Down On Deptford Broadway was released, and they’ve recently re-issued the album in celebration of this fact. It’s an album this reviewer has played a lot, but the real question is whether it’s worth purchasing for those people who already own the original copy.
By Jane Howkins
To start with, it’s a cracking album. For those unaware of the band, Skinny Lister perform a form of celtic folk-punk, sounding a little like Flogging Molly and The Dropkick Murphys, but with a softer, more folky sound to their music. Trouble On Oxford Street is an absolute classic, showing the band at perhaps their punkiest, featuring a fast rhythm and an incredibly catchy melody. Skinny Lister aren’t a band afraid to slow things down though, as fan favourite What Can I Say shows – it’s a beautiful track, and one that displays vocalist Lorna Thomas’ voice perfectly. It’s been an absolute blast listening to this album again, and if you’re new to Skinny Lister then you should definitely pick up a copy.
However, if we’re honest there isn’t much here for those who have already got an original copy. The bonus content consists of a demo version for each of the tracks already on DODB – that may sound like a lot, but it doesn’t really offer anything new. It’s interesting to hear how the tracks originally sounded, but we can’t imagine ever giving these tracks more than a passing fancy when the studio versions are available. On the other hand, it does draw focus to how much the band (and their fans) love these 12 tracks, so maybe we’re wrong about how often those demo songs will get played.
Skinny Lister are one of the best bands around at the moment, and Down On Deptford Broadway is a fantastic listen, so we do recommend our readers grab a copy of the album in some form of other. People that haven’t listened to their music before should definitely pick the re-issue up, and the fanboys will of course love another to add to the collection. However, casual fans that already own a copy might be best putting that money towards seeing one of Skinny Lister’s live shows when this pandemic finally clears – they’re fantastic live, and the concert industry will need a big helping hand when gigs start happening again.