Even Serpents Shine

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Even Serpents Shine
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Studio album by
Released9 March 1979 (UK)
The Only Ones chronology
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Even Serpents Shine is the second studio album by English power pop band The Only Ones, released in 1979 by Columbia Records. It was produced by Peter Perrett and Alan Mair.

The album was re-released in the UK in 2009 on Sony Music Entertainment, featuring rare bonus content. The reissue was a CD which comprises 14-tracks. It includes the original album digitally remastered from the original 1/2" mix tapes; alongside three bonus tracks.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Record Collector4/5 stars[2]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[3]

The album has consistently been praised by critics. In a retrospective review for AllMusic, critic Mark Deming wrote that "Even Serpents Shine doesn't boast an out-of-the-box classic tune along the lines of "Another Girl, Another Planet" from the self-titled debut, but in many respects, this is the more consistent album, achieving a similar degree of thematic and melodic variety while generating a more coherent sound and feeling" adding that "they were one of the very few bands of their time and place who inarguably beat the sophomore slump."[1]

Reviewing the album for BBC Music, Chris Jones wrote "Musically the band were always a step ahead of the pack. Mike Kellie and Alan Mair - both seasoned pros on drums and bass - never falter, allowing John Perry's guitar to fly; while John 'Rabbit' Bundrick's organ adds just the right dollop of Al Kooper-isms."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Peter Perrett.

Side one
1."From Here to Eternity"3:07
2."Flaming Torch"2:21
3."You've Got to Pay"2:49
4."No Solution"2:27
5."In Betweens"3:57
6."Out There in the Night"3:02
Side two
7."Curtains for You"4:18
9."Someone Who Cares"3:11
10."Miles from Nowhere"3:45
Total length:35:11


The Only Ones
Session musicians
  • Peter Perrett – producer
  • Alan Mair – producer


  1. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Even Serpents Shine – The Only Ones". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  2. ^ Peacock, Tim (October 2015). "The Only Ones – Even Serpents Shine". Record Collector (445). Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  3. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  4. ^ Jones, Chris (2009). "BBC Music - Review of The Only Ones - Even Serpents Shine". Bbc.co.uk.

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