From page 61 of Classic Rock Magazine June 2011
Three essential Alarm albums. Hairspray not included.
The crashing debut that mixed up their punk roots and their love of folk music into a fervent call to arms. You could imagine flags flying and people rushing the barricades in every song.
The Anthem: Marching On , as strident as its title and a stirring live favourite.
A more considered approach, a stronger dynamic, plus an assured musicality and sense of storytelling combined with the strongest set of Alarm songs makes this arguably the greatest, most complete of their albums.
The Anthem: Spirit Of ’76 , Peters’ resounding paean to his youth, his friends and his band.
IN THE POPPY FIELDS
Lit up long after most people thought that the fire had gone out: two sets of songs; one radio-friendly, impassioned rock, the other, erudite, introspective and mostly acoustic; but both bursting with optimistic passion. The Anthem: The Drunk And The Disorderly , Chiming, timeless glory that wouldn’t sound out of place on Pete Townshend’s Empty Glass album.