"There’s no doubt that few of punk’s luminaries have emerged from their mid-life crises unscathed; the likes of Johnny Rotten paling into terrible parodies of themselves in the last decade. The same can’t be said for The Stranglers, ..."
"The evening warrants being one of the finest gigs ever performed by the band. The intensity of the music was spot on, the guys were immense and but for the actions of one stupid, reckless moment, the crowd enjoyed every single moment."
"Even to the point where the outstanding and interesting album cover, although possibly macabre also has a great picture ridden joke on its front, so good to see this type of artistic image making a comeback on albums."
"The last few years of The Stranglers has been a real return to the halcyon days of old. No more mediocre albums with the odd bright flash, Norfolk Coast, Suite XVI and now Giants burn as bright as any of the first 5."
"Those who thought that the band would never be great again after Hugh Cornwell left may have to think again, as this is a real cracker of an album. There are plenty of trademark Stranglers bass lines, keyboard runs and wild rhythms, and even a splendid tango - Adios, appropriately with Spanish lyrics. There isn't a duff track, either, and it's really tricky to pick the standouts."
"The tour is built around the release of the new album Giants. To play a venue and expect a crowd to react in any way positively to new songs before the album has been released can be commercial suicide but with tracks such as Lowlands, Mercury Rising and Time Was Once on My Side incorporated into the evening’s sweaty entertainment, there was no stopping the audience pogoing around all night."
"It was a gig that built slowly and with a heavy dose of indulgence for long-term fans, including the goth twang of The Raven and Sometimes’ Doors-like combination of Baz Warne’s cruising guitar and Dave Greenfield’s high-pitched keyboards."
"Despite showing age in their faces, The Stranglers used their Glasgow gig this past Saturday (3rd March) to show that their time on Earth has had little detrimental effect on their ability to get a crowd as old as them moving."
"The O2 Academy fills with a boisterous Saturday night crowd full of revelry and abandon. Both die-hard fans and those only recently dedicated to the iconic group are drawn in to soak up every moment of this bombastic gig."
Hugh Cornwell interview on Revenge of the 80s Radio to promote his US tour and forthcoming album Totem & Taboo. “This week on Revenge of the 80s Radio, Hugh Cornwell will be our guest. The original Strangler is currently touring ….