But if Restless Soul feels like an incomplete meal compared to 1988's brilliant Sunshine on Leith, it's just that it's, well, a little mushy. The Reids write gorgeous, guileless love songs, but they also have an underrated political edge. And in the Proclaimers' two-decade career, the U.S. and U.K. have never been allied in such military controversy as now. Proof that the time is ripe for a Proclaimers political album is found in Restless Soul's only protest song. "D.I.Y." is a political rockabilly tune that trumps recent Steve Earle efforts, along with more callow sloganeering by the likes of Green Day or Against Me!, with this blunt advice for warmongers: "Kill yourself/Demonstrate the power of the product you're trying to sell." Still, you can always do worse than the Reids' brogue-inflected sentimentality.
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