"Digressions aside, The Raven is an example of admirable craftsmanship, a high point in a shamefully ignored career, by one of the most important, unique and daring of all artists from the late seventies."
"The new Stranglers offering, Giants, opens up with a guitar riff that stands somewhere between John Lee Hooker and Metallica’s Enter Sandman. That normally would send people scurrying off to find a reason for the change in style, the departure from the Stranglers’ norm. However it really is the start of an album that stands as one of the finest that the band have ever delivered."
"Hope & Anchor is a pub in the Islington borough of London. In 1977, they held a series of concerts dubbed The Front Row Festival. Performances from those concerts were then culled to create a 2LP concert album that was a record for the ages"
"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, ..."
"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."