After Hex Enduction Hour, Smith quickly returned to the microphone thanks to his disgust at the Falklands War, launched in spring ’82 by Margaret Thatcher, to rescue the tiny mid-Atlantic islands from an Argentinean invasion — or, to curry votes for the impending election, depending on your level of cynicism. “Undilutable Slang Truth” screams the subtitle. Smith saw this album’s remit as being a kind of truthful newsreel, amid obscured media reporting in the so-called “fog of war.” True to form, his writing’s too covert for that, and “Hard Life in Country” is little more than a gratuitous snipe at one of his great bugbears, the rustic lifestyle. “Marquis Cha Cha,” though, serves up a monologue from a nauseating Brit expat in Latin America (were the Falkland Islanders worth rescuing?!). The album’s brighter and funkier, but suffered an unjust commercial fate, as indie Kamera folded soon after release.
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