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HiggledyPiggledy sees Ian Black playing every instrument himself (ditching his mates Field Music who helped out on the last one, Ripe). The results are an entertaining, zig zagging trip through madness, music hall and a multitude of other styles. This album was intended to be more minimal than his debut, and whist there is clearly an attempt to give the percussion a bit more space, it could only really be described as minimal when compared to other Slug material. In other words, there's still an awful lot going on. Highlights include the masterful and muddy "Earlobe" which borrows elements from prog and classical whilst finding time for some trademark crunching guitar riffs. A typically untypical Slug album.

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