RELEASE
1979
LABEL
Swan Song
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, New Wave, Pub Rock, Roots Rock, Punk/New Wave

Album Review

Recorded simultaneously with Nick Lowe's Labour of Lust, Dave Edmunds' Repeat When Necessary continues the winning streak of Get It and Tracks on Wax 4 simply by sticking to the formula. Though Rockpile's sound is a little cleaner here than before, nothing's changed but the songs, which are uniformly excellent. Culled primarily from pub rock contemporaries (and containing no Lowe songs whatsoever), the record contains four classics: Elvis Costello's galloping "Girls Talk," and Graham Parker's relentless "Crawling from the Wreckage," the funny (a rarity of Edmunds) "Creature from the Black Lagoon," and the country-rocker "Queen of Hearts," which would later become a hit for Juice Newton in exactly the same arrangement. A few songs come close to meeting this high standard, but they are occasionally hampered by a tightness similar to the pinched rhythms of Subtle as a Flying Mallet; in particular, the early Huey Lewis song "Bad Is Bad" and the old Brinsley Schwarz number "Home in My Hand" are hurt by this. But these are minor flaws -- Repeat When Necessary is an energetic, old-fashioned rock & roll record that ranks as Edmunds' last great album.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Girls Talkhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/girls-talk/id79023931?i=79023583&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Crawling from the Wreckagehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/crawling-from-the-wreckage/id79023931?i=79023623&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. The Creature from the Black Lagoonhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-creature-from-black-lagoon/id79023931?i=79023625&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Sweet Little Lisahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/sweet-little-lisa/id79023931?i=79023692&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Dynamitehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/dynamite/id79023931?i=79023748&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Queen of Heartshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/queen-of-hearts/id79023931?i=79023787&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Home in My Handhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/home-in-my-hand/id79023931?i=79023804&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Goodbye Mister Good Guy
  9. Take Me for a Little Whilehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/take-me-for-a-little-while/id79023931?i=79023864&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. We Were Both Wronghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/we-were-both-wrong/id79023931?i=79023867&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Bad Is Badhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/bad-is-bad/id79023931?i=79023895&uo=5&at=11l9vR