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Track Listings

1 Trash Glam Baby
2 Sweet Thing
3 Monster Monkeys
4 She Said No
5 Passing Through
6 Here''s a Postcard
7 K.I.S.S.
8 Rock ''n'' Roll Yé Yé
9 Get a Grip
10 The Boomtown Rats

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Jason Stein
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
What reason do you need to be sure?
Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2020
If it has Bob Geldof in it, I''m in. I was 14 when I bought the cassette tape of "Deep in the Heart of Nowhere" in December 1986. I have been a fan ever since. Sure, I knew who Bob was from "I Don''t Like Mondays" (1979), but it was obviously 1984''s "Do They Know It''s... See more
If it has Bob Geldof in it, I''m in. I was 14 when I bought the cassette tape of "Deep in the Heart of Nowhere" in December 1986. I have been a fan ever since. Sure, I knew who Bob was from "I Don''t Like Mondays" (1979), but it was obviously 1984''s "Do They Know It''s Christmas?" and 1985''s "Live Aid" that hammered it home.

I have only recently gotten around to buying up all things Boomtown Rats (six albums, 1977-1984). With the exception of "I Don''t Like Mondays" they virtually went unheard in the U.S.

So, with all of this context, you can best bet that "Citizens of Boomtown" probably gets a more generous review from me than from fans who listened to the band in the moment 1977-1984. I didn''t hear any of that until much, much later. I really didn''t have too many expectations, I was just surprised four of the original six members were back with an actual new album.

What I liked right away was the band''s temperance for 10 tracks, and approximately 41 minutes. Nice. Get in and get out. That right there gets at least one star.

The quality of the songs was better than expected. I liked eight out of ten--which, for a band that hasn''t made an album in 36 years, was quite remarkable. Second star.

The band sound tight, and there''s an air of revisiting the past, especially, "Trash Glam Baby". The band keep the songs diverse and eclectic, which they did on their best works from the 1970''s. Third star.

Here is were I stop. The album isn''t five stars. Not sure it''s four stars, but it''s close. Maybe three and a half stars. My favorites are "Monster Monkeys", "Here''s a Postcard", "K.I.S.S.", "Get a Grip" and "The Boomtown Rats". Some of these songs experiment with more modern sounds (which may offend the old guard, but not me).

The lyrics are irreverent, much like a lot of their earlier works. There''s always a sense of sarcasm. Maybe the songs aren''t as pointed as they should be, but it is an enjoyable ride.

Here''s how "Citizens of Boomtown" compares to The Boomtown Rats'' other works:

1977 The Boomtown Rats: Three and a Half Stars
1978 A Tonic for the Troops: Four Stars
1979 The Fine Art of Surfacing: Five Stars
1981 Mondo Bongo: Four Stars
1982 V Deep: Four Stars
1984 In the Long Grass: Three Stars
2020 Citizens of Boomtown: Three and a Half Stars

Bob Geldof Solo:

1986 Deep in the Heart of Nowhere: Four Stars
1990 The Vegetarians of Love: Four Stars
1992 The Happy Club: Four Stars
2001 Sex, Age & Death: Three Stars
2010 How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell: Three Stars
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Randy
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
As usual, don''t expect what you got the last time
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2020
The Rats never released two albums that sounded alike. The first two came closest, but since then, there was no predicting what you were going to hear. Citizens of Boomtown is no different. From the snarky, snarling of "Trash Glam Baby," which does call back to earlier... See more
The Rats never released two albums that sounded alike. The first two came closest, but since then, there was no predicting what you were going to hear.
Citizens of Boomtown is no different. From the snarky, snarling of "Trash Glam Baby," which does call back to earlier Rats like Mary of the Fourth Form and Rat Trap, this is a loud, bombastic collection that is heavier than what they have done before. This is largely due to the dense bottom-heavy production of bassist Pete Briquette. Make no mistake, there are moments that are lighter, and airier - from the semi-Beatlesesque "here''s a postcard" that recalls "Happy Club" era Geldof to what may be the first true Rats ballad, the gorgeously instrumented "Passing Through." There are nods and steals from folks like Bowie, Pop and the Stones, but all done with a degree of wit, cleverness, and cynicism few other than Geldof and the Rats can achieve.
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christophe logan
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Rats, seats!
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2020
Delivery was fast and the album is in excellent shape. My only disappointment is that the quality of the songs are only so so. I love The Rats and really wanted to love this album. Side one is solid, yet side two drops off dramatically. Still worth checking out if you’re a... See more
Delivery was fast and the album is in excellent shape. My only disappointment is that the quality of the songs are only so so. I love The Rats and really wanted to love this album. Side one is solid, yet side two drops off dramatically. Still worth checking out if you’re a Rats fan.
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Daniel
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
There was no reason to make this album
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2021
I was a big fan of The Boomtown Rats when they were young and relevant. I bought this album to keep my collection complete. Save your money. There was no reason for them to make this album. It did nothing to enhance their body of work.
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Robert M Overman
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
good band
Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2020
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Kevin l Callaghan
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Very good CD
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2020
Sounds like the good old Boomtown Rats
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D. J. REINHOLDT
2.0 out of 5 stars
This Record Is a Monday
Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2020
Is this record worth a listen? If you''re a Rats fan, absolutely. Is it worth a 2nd listen? Absolutely not. Look. No one could have expected much after 30+ years without a proper release, so in a way, this might be the record everybody should have... See more
Is this record worth a listen?
If you''re a Rats fan, absolutely.
Is it worth a 2nd listen?
Absolutely not.

Look. No one could have expected much after 30+ years without a proper release, so in a way, this might be the record everybody should have expected all along.
Some of it is pretty great (Monster Monkeys, Here''s a Postcard), and most of it is forgettable (the rest of it, with the exception of KISS and, ironically, The Boomtown Rats, which are straight up unlistenable).
It''s certainly not an embarrassing attempt, and in a lot of ways it might even be better than In The Long Grass, but at the end of the day this record is a Monday, and I don''t like it.
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Jim Doe
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not a Bad Return
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2021
Odd to hear them making a riff rock album. Which isn''t necessarily bad because the riffs are solid. But there are times I wonder why there aren''t more keyboards and cal and response vocals like earlier stuff. Not as ambitious and experimental as their earlier stuff, but... See more
Odd to hear them making a riff rock album. Which isn''t necessarily bad because the riffs are solid. But there are times I wonder why there aren''t more keyboards and cal and response vocals like earlier stuff. Not as ambitious and experimental as their earlier stuff, but that''s ok, because it''s basically a nice effort. But at times I wish Bob would go back and listen to "Rat Trap" "Someone''s Looking At You" or "Diamond Smiles" for ideas on how to form original new wave. Either way, I''m happy with this release. It''s probably better than their post Surfacing albums.
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Finn Armadillo
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Go Back to Boomtown Today.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 13, 2020
There is always a sense of trepidation when a long-retired band announces a new album. You long for a worthy successor to the glory day releases but invariably it disappoints; witness Dexys’ One Day I’m Going to Soar (2012) or The Skids’ Burning Cities (2018). Now, thirty...See more
There is always a sense of trepidation when a long-retired band announces a new album. You long for a worthy successor to the glory day releases but invariably it disappoints; witness Dexys’ One Day I’m Going to Soar (2012) or The Skids’ Burning Cities (2018). Now, thirty six years after 1984’s In the Long Grass, along comes Citizens of Boomtown, the first album by The Boomtown Rats since their reunion earlier this decade, but how does it fare? Opener “Trash Glam Baby” gets things off to a strong start, and is - surprise! - a trashy glam song, replete with name-drops of The New York Dolls and The Spiders from Mars, and (synthesised?) strings worthy of former Rats producer Tony Visconti at the height of T. Rextacy. Glam also permeates “Sweet Thing”, a song that wouldn’t be out of place on a Supergrass album, or Bob Geldof‘s own 2011 solo effort How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell for that matter. “Get a Grip” may have a 21st century lyric but tune-wise it’s straight outta Madchester, but convincingly so. Meanwhile album closer “The Boomtown Rats”, which originally appeared on 2013’s Greatest Hits collection, harks back to the techno club nights of a quarter century earlier. That’s a style of music that shouldn’t really work coming from a handful of white Irishmen with bus passes - and of course those that have dismissed the Rats as “inauthentic” since 1977 will doubtless do so still - but work it does. I will confess to being decidedly undecided about the rap on “K.I.S.S.” however. So there are songs for both the crushed flared and baggy trousered generations, but these, plus the other five on the album, still all sound unmistakably like The Boomtown Rats, serious musicians all, but without a po-face in sight. Fans from back in the day can buy with confidence; this album sits comfortably alongside A Tonic for the Troops, The Fine Art of Surfacing, and the rest. It might even win the band a few new converts. Become a Citizen of Boomtown today.
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Mandrek Larl
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
You won''t find 10 Mary of the 4th Forms here, but what you will find is good, very good ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 14, 2020
Like countless others before, and since, in 1976 six young men re-located from Dublin to London to seek their fortune (and fame) and for a few years their star shone brightly, not least in part due to the charismatic charm of their angry young leader and future champion of...See more
Like countless others before, and since, in 1976 six young men re-located from Dublin to London to seek their fortune (and fame) and for a few years their star shone brightly, not least in part due to the charismatic charm of their angry young leader and future champion of good causes (Sir) Bob Geldof. But now they''re back and a lot has changed in the last 35 years; of the six rats that set out from Dun Laoghaire only four remain, they are no longer young, and their sound has moved on, but their leader is still angry. Opening with "Trash Glam Baby" Bob and the boys channel the New York Dolls in a "Rat Trap" like way and I am thinking this is going to be good, no make that this is going to be very good. Next-up, "Sweet Thing" sounds as though it may have been knocked-off after listening to the Troggs, but ignoring the similarities to "Wild Thing" this is a good rocker with a harder edge than the previous track, it does though retain a glam feel to it but think Sweet not Slade (looking at what I have just written I ask myself was that subliminal?) Third track "Monster Monkeys" has a Doors-like bluesy feel circa LA Woman (and that''s not just because of the reference to Mr. Mojo) but then for the third verse it becomes a bit funkadelic, so a bit different but still very good. Number four "She Said No" could be from the Kinks with it''s late 60''s punk metal feel, but the tongue in cheek lyrics have to be heard to be believed, but full marks nevertheless for the reference to "Office Dibble and [I''m] Top Cat". "Passing Through" is Geldof''s idea of a ballad but think Bowie circa the Thin White Duke period and you won''t be far wrong. So at the half way stage it''s five out of five. Track 6 "Here''s A Postcard" is still glam but this time it''s more Lou Reed/Velvet Underground and then in the second half it get''s a bit sort of West Coast summer of lovey, perhaps that''s half a point-off. "K.I.S.S." is probably the weakest track on the album first half is a bit Eurovision circa 1975 but you know what I am getting a bit of "Buffalo Girls" and then there''s the rap bit, yeah this is alright. Next up it''s back to the glam theme and now it''s Argent they''re channelling with "Rock ''n'' Roll Ye Ye" (is there anything you can''t put after Rock ''n'' Roll in a song title, that''s one for the pub!) and its another winner. "Get A Grip" defies description, it has Pet Shop Boys dance undertones, but it also has something of everything in it including a poke at Facebook; but you know what, I like it. Finally the eponymous number "The Boomtown Rats" which if I am not mistaken they have been using for years to close their shows, but it''s good to have it on disc at last even if it''s more dancey/trancey than I remember it. So yes the Boomtown Rats are back, in some ways not a lot has changed although their sound has matured. But f you are looking for 10 raw Mary of the Fourth Forms you won''t find them here, but what you will find is good, very good; it''s been a long time but it''s good to have you back lads.
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Toe
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
WELL WORTH THE WAIT!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 17, 2020
Firstly, I am not going to analyse this album like some of the so-called music critics and wannabe music critic; I am going to simply review it. This album is superb! Full stop. No, it is not the classic ''A Tonic For The Troops'' but no album, Rats, Geldof or otherwise, will...See more
Firstly, I am not going to analyse this album like some of the so-called music critics and wannabe music critic; I am going to simply review it. This album is superb! Full stop. No, it is not the classic ''A Tonic For The Troops'' but no album, Rats, Geldof or otherwise, will ever be as good as that album. ''Tonic'' is still my goto album. The track ''Passing Through'' is one I have to be in the mood for but all the other tracks are simply pure gold. ''She Said No'' always makes me smile/laugh; ''Here''s A Postcard'' makes me feel summery and happy; ''K.I.S.S.'' is absolutely a feel-good song and my only complaint about this track is that it isn''t long enough. ''Sweet Thing'', ''Monster Monkeys'', ''Get A Grip'', ''Rock ''n'' Roll Ye Ye'' and ''Trash Glam Baby'' are all up there too. ''The Boomtown Rats'' is nostalgic. Singles should be ''She Said No'' and ''K.I.S.S.''. It is a great shame that Geldof isn''t given a chance by the music industry. I wish they would simply listen to the songs and judge him on his music ability and not his politics and/or comments. This album is fantastic and I truly hope there is another one to follow soon.
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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Four of the originals
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 14, 2020
The Rats first album in yonks and what great fun. The first track, Trash Glam Baby, musically has a kind of Heroes feel about it but then again nothing like it. I love all the tracks apart from one that''s okay-ish. That one is Rock ''n'' Roll Ye Ye, which sounds as though...See more
The Rats first album in yonks and what great fun. The first track, Trash Glam Baby, musically has a kind of Heroes feel about it but then again nothing like it. I love all the tracks apart from one that''s okay-ish. That one is Rock ''n'' Roll Ye Ye, which sounds as though it''s aimed at a US audience and the only co-write with one of three new boys, Darren Beale. Get A Grip sounds like latter day Rats with Johnny Fingers style synths, so I guess that''s Alan Dunn, the new keyboard player doing a fine job there. The last track, The Boomtown Rats, is my wife''s favourite, because it has a rave/dance beat. A new Rats sound! No reggae or political statements but I''m glad they''re back.
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John
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Just the music I needed to hear this week!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 17, 2020
I heard Bob Geldof on Radio 2 talking about the album and wasn''t really sure what it would be like. Then they played "Trash Glam Baby" and I found myself singing the chorus all day. There is nothing startlingly original here (in fact some of it is strikingly derivative -...See more
I heard Bob Geldof on Radio 2 talking about the album and wasn''t really sure what it would be like. Then they played "Trash Glam Baby" and I found myself singing the chorus all day. There is nothing startlingly original here (in fact some of it is strikingly derivative - maybe intentionally) , but that is not the point. This is the sound of the old gang (or us much of it as could be brought back together) enjoying making music and making enjoyable music! Crank it up and forget about pandemics and economic apocalypse for a while.
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