BUSINESS, THE: The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth: CD

Building on the strength of their preceding “comeback” album, Keep the Faith, The Business pulled out all the stops with this one and unleashed one of the best albums of their career. All the key ingredients are still there—topical, street-level lyrics peppered with odes to football and their hatred of dance music, delivered with a no-frills approach tempered by poppy edges—this time delivered with seriously loud guitars and a passion rarely seen since their debut, Suburban Rebels, a decade-plus earlier. A further decade down the road since this one was released, it still holds up quite well, and even its most dated track, “Southgate (Euro 96),” is such a catchy singalong that it doesn’t really matter that a good chunk of their current audience is probably a bit too young to remember the failed penalty kick that inspired the tune.

 –jimmy (Captain Oi)