Reviewed – Non Canon – Dark Force Rising

Rating – 4/5

Today’s single is a treatise on sociopolitical behavior from a man named Barry. Wait, don’t run off screaming just yet. Non Cannon aka Barry Dolan (he of Oxygen Thief) is bringing his follow up album after a four-year break. Imaginatively titled Non Cannon II and released on May 15th, the album covers feelings, politics, and feelings about politics. With Trump, Brexit, COVID 19, and being advised to inject bleach and swallow sunshine, the political realm has never been more absurd. The single, Dark Force Rising, is far more concerned with the local effect, how people actually deal with others that might hold opposing viewpoints to their own.

It’s a beautifully dressed down, folky number. It’s Frank Turner if Frank had a modicum of modesty and its main thrust is exactly that. It’s a permission slip for those that see or hear the all too common wrong and often appalling opinions, to actually argue back. It speaks to the innate Britishness of agreeing to disagree and ignoring that which we often cannot stand. It’s an amplifier for the silent majority to speak back against the raging minority that has done so much in recent times to put humanity in a bad light.

“You can have your own opinion but you can’t have your own facts” is the pithy one-liner that sums up the absurd trend that anyone can believe anything and it is untouchable because of it being a belief. It calls back to the saner times where something can be objectively wrong.

He follows up to argue against people being worthless intrinsically, based entirely due to a quirk of circumstance like where they live, or what they choose to do or believe. This has always been a constant source of disquiet and dismay, let alone in modern times.

This is a short but simple song, with a short and powerful message. It stops short of being preachy, it doesn’t try to be rabble-rousing and it doesn’t stoop to condescension. This single does what every single should do. It piques the curiosity for the album, captures the ethos or main theme of the album and it nicely packages the style of lyrics and music so you know what you’re letting yourself in for. Definitely worth a look at this evidence, especially if you are one of the silent majority that has spent the last few years shaking your head at the path humanity seems to be following.

Review by James Clinch

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