Very Mercenary

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Very Mercenary
Herbaliser VeryMercenary albumcover.jpg
Studio album by
Released20 April 1999 (1999-04-20)[1]
GenreJazz, hip hop
LabelNinja Tune
ProducerJake Wherry, Ollie Teeba, Malachi
The Herbaliser chronology
Blow Your Headphones
Very Mercenary
Session One
Singles from Very Mercenary
  1. "Wall Crawling Giant Insect Breaks"
    Released: 1998
  2. "Road of Many Signs / Moon Sequence"
    Released: 1999
  3. "The Missing Suitcase"
    Released: 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Very Mercenary is the third studio album by The Herbaliser. It was released on Ninja Tune in 1999. It peaked at number 19 on the UK Independent Albums Chart.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Keith Farley of AllMusic gave the album 4 stars out of 5, saying, "the Herbaliser's third album works in '60s spy-funk territory to a degree unseen in the group's discography."[1]

Track listing[edit]

2."Mission Improbable" (featuring What What)3:09
3."Who's the Realest?"4:44
4."When I Shine" (featuring Bahamadia)3:54
6."Moon Sequence"6:20
7."Mind in the Frame" (featuring Blade)5:11
9."Shattered Soul"5:15
10."Road of Many Signs" (featuring The Dream Warriors)4:53
11."Wall Crawling Giant Insect Breaks"5:39
12."The Sensual Woman"5:00
13."Let It Go" (featuring What What)5:26
14."Jake's Backache"0:21
15."The Missing Suitcase"5:33
16."Starlight" (featuring Roots Manuva)5:07


Chart Peak
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[3] 19


  1. ^ a b c Farley, Keith. "Very Mercenary - The Herbaliser". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  2. ^ Schreiber, Ryan (20 April 1999). "The Herbaliser: Very Mercenary". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50: 25 April 1999 - 01 May 1999". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 March 2018.

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