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MoonJune 2009
The search of the meaning that weren’t meant to be there.

Italian singer Boris Savoldelli likes to shift his vocal gears every now and then. In 2007 he built an edifice of "Insanology" with this fantastic tool, it was beautiful. From there, experiments sprung. Not too keen on riding the melodic wave with Mark Ribot who played on that album, Savoldelli opted for another American master, Elliott Sharp, in his quest, both live and in a studio the day before their New York gig. Here’s the result of what the two came up with: angularity supplanting curlicues, it’s impossible to follow the idea of any instant composition on offer.

The FX-covered heartbeat of “A-Quantic” has a certain pull in its voice talking of indifference while caught in the cage of mangled guitar and suffocated synthesizers, yet “Prelude To Biocosmo Pt. One” breathes life only in Boris’ patented harmonic pyramids, and “Pt. Two” incorporates some powerful riffing from Sharp. Then, “Noises In My Head” is exactly that – headphones on and a hand meddling with a radio dial – but it’s still crazy enough to like. And so it goes, only likeability doesn’t live there any more – any attempt to fit in to “Khaotic Life” seems futile. “Protoplasmic” brings nothing new to the modern musique table, but is laudable for the improvisers’ audacity.


Animal Instinct x 2

Angel Air 2009

The roar still raging on, the predators bring their fresh prey aurally and visually.

The NWOBHM can’t go wrong with these big cats as they’re not inclined to change their tack that works like a charm thirty years on since the band crashed the English crowds for the first time. And why, if the opening “Rock Candy” tastes so sweet? The only original member Rob Weir exchanging piquant riffs with Dean Robertson, the band charges wild yet with great dignity, and the quintet’s steady course is evident on the bonus 2009’s re-recording of their 1982’s hit, the classic “Love Potion No. 9”.

When the ensemble’s voice, Iacopo Meille, cries “Let It Burn” over driving rhythm, it’s really hot in there, with “Hot Blooded” slinging back to the ’70s contagious glam, whereas “Winners & Losers” is stylictically a shot to the next decade when heavy metal went all curly, but it rings quite nice as well as the gloriously gloomy “Dark Rider”. Anthemic “Raise On Rock” and “Live For The Bay”, a Whitley Bay FC Cup Final anthemic and a re-write of the album’s “Live For The Day”, add even more appeal to the package topped with a DVD which catches this line-up in their live element. Can’t go wrong, indeed.


Strip Of Leather

Vince Falzone 2008

Americana getting all over the world is the best way of expansion.

On his ninth album, singing guitarist Vince Falzone continues to plough his cinematic furrow to a seismic effect. But if the skewed stadium riffarama of the title track suggests some heads will roll in its bluesy swamp, the threatening superficiality doesn’t live neither here, nor in the metallic thunder of “Kick It” and “Overdrive” with their nods towards Robert Plant and Marc Bolan’s vibrato. The depth is revealed in the “I Believe” exquisite Moroccan-shaped acoustic drift which welcomes in the fusion lace, and folky drones of “Home Is Where You Are”, whereas the “Sad Eyes” otherworldly picking betrays Nick Drake’s influence. There’s a great potential in the rootsiness of “Because Of You” and the moving “Be Free”, yet overall the album’s too diverse to imagine a movie it could have soundtrack.


Lives Pt. 1

Leap Dog Music 2009

The beginning of a beautiful friendship and a musical-cum-literary itinerary.

There’s nothing new in turning a book into a song cycle; likewise, telling a story through music is an established thing. John Taglieri, though, has found a different approach to it. An acclaimed singer and guitarist, he embarked on a project which would include several EPs, but it was on writing the second one that Taglieri and his co-writer Brad Whitley saw a certain common thread running through the pieces and with the help of writer Gil Gonzalez came up with a novel called “Lives” where each chapter points to a composition of the same title. What crystallized was six records and six books, this being the first installment.

While the travelogue documenting the adventures of “self-professed rejects” Max and Cate is interesting in itself, reading the book before listening is optional – yet it enriches the experience. You don’t have to know you’re in New Jersey to imagine the fair behind the playful “Ferris Wheel” that goes into a headspin once its infectious chorus kicks gentle picking into electric swirl, and vertiginous love in the anthemic, almost orchestral, drama of “With You I Want To Be”. There’s an inviting thick ring and a bagpipe-like hook to “Make A Mistake With Me”, and if “Breathe” throws an alternative cloth on the ’60s harmonies, it has a tasty organ bite and a soul-warming guitar solo, so when “Epilogue” leads you back to the fair you’re already asking for more.


FLUXURY – Sundance

Fluxury 2009

Lighter and warmer, the Dutch band bring a breeze and summer weather.

Six years after "Perishable Goods", there’s no second part of “The Privacy Suite”, as that album was subtitled, in sight, but this four-track EP is so good it makes the wait futile – if only for its atmospheric title piece, the instrumental written in mid-’80s for a theater. The opening “Drexler’s Curse” drenches the grey world of today in sun-kissed pop hope with Susan Heijen’s voice soaring, lark-like, skywards amidst Jan Kuipers’ keyboards’ white-dove clouds. In the heart-soothing “Dry Heaven” comparisons with late RENAISSANCE seem inescapable, yet who cares if the epic, gliding on Jos Witsenburg’s meaty bass, feels orchestrally delicious, and “Interior Decorator Blues” comes as light. Set the disc on repeat, and you almost won’t notice the repetition, as each new play will show a new facet to the FLUXURY dance.

This EP, as well as the band’s entire output is made available for free download at, and it’d be a major sin not to pay a grabbing visit.


The Tide Decides

Musea 2009

Life moving in tandem and perfectly parallel with the entirety of human existence? The concept is heavier than the music as the music’s pure and clear.

Listen to this at your own peril, for “The Tide” draws you to the depths unfathomed yet. If the previous album had you swallowed and bound, this one is spellbounding but allowing more freedom for thought, so applying its author, Portland’s Ethan Matthews’ concept feels optional. It’s a weight that can sink the crystal ship of “From Snow To Sea…” off which voices float in the swirl of new age synthesizers and harp droplets to be cut harshly with guitar riffs – or to hit the reefs. More rocks protrude the electronic rippling of “Trans-Atlantic”, the mermaids techno dance sprawling into the serene scene of subwater acoustics.

Sometimes, the bedrock seems flat, though, like in “Fantastic Elevation” wherein everything’s too normal to fly on, until the groove and slithery guitar kick in to pump up the pulse, or “Descending From The Dream” where viola spices up the drift with a delicate folk thread. It’s vertigionous down there – and beautiful – so when guitar in “…And Sea To Sky” strums away and bids farewell, it’s tempting to go with the tidal wave.


Audio Verite /
Deceptive Blends

Rockular 2009

“The pieces of the puzzle have finally come together and fit”, declare the Oxford trio aiming to bepuzzle their listener.

To come up with a double album in the economy times is an ambitious move, but THE TREAT have been riding their ambition for a long time now, since "In Technicolor" colored the arid sonic landscape in 2003, and the retro-futurism of 2007’s "Phonography". Those were tight records but the new one is sprawling and takes too many strains in to be whole, with allusions too obvious to savor. While the tasty opener “This Is The One” comes full of swagger, the following “Showtime” unashamedly lifts the hook of ELP’s “Karn Evil 9”; that’s as far as the band’s previously infectious humor goes with titles such as “In My Own Time”, the full-on progressive, Mariachi-tinged assault, and “Massive Attack”, an alluring heavy metal smash.

It doesn’t take away the sheer enjoyment of any given song – and who can resist the “Fan The Flames” gritty funk or the band’s leader Michael Hyder’s acoustic guitar-and-harmonium ripple on “On The Waterfront” from “Side Rock”? Yes, the album has not only two parts but also four sides as if it was on vinyl. The borders are blurred, still, with the “Silent Voices” Middle Eastern haze on “Side Electric”, yet “Side Acoustic” sounds pure, if varied. There’s “By The Sea”, a folk-based ditty with a catchy banjo twang, and “Cycles”, a tremendous groover with a Moroccan jive in its snake-like charm. Here’s your aural truth of disc one; disc two, meanwhile, has “Farmer Hack’s Tree” turning from the slide-awashed swampy blues into country rock and gaining weight as it progresses, and the similarly shaped powerful theatricality of “Citizen Of The World”, plus vaudevillian “The Art Of Deception” which open “Side Experiment”.

Too multicolored to digest at once, the album is best to be sipped slowly to let its wonders get under the skin. And they will creep in!


Music From The Fab Box

Sound Of Pisces 2009

The hired guns shooting for themselves now – and shooting high enough to hit it.

Separately and as a tightly-knit unit, singing guitarists Fabrizio Ugolini and Massimo Bozzi have written songs for artists from Italia and abroad for ten years now. Quite a cause for a celebration which this disc clearly is even in its mood. It’s slick but there’s enough rock grease to make it alluring for both AOR and pop music fans who would have sent songs like the acoustically textured “Reason Of The Heart” and “Nobody Tonight” up the charts back in the ’80s. And big choruses and six-string gloss feel good still.

Not surprisingly, then, that Danny Vaughn recorded the duo’s soft charmer “Always” and former TOTO singer Joseph Williams opted for the gently rocker “Together”. Save for new takes on these two, all the tracks here are new, even though most of them sound deceptively familar, “Inside” being the prime example of adorable Italian song from the times of another Toto, Cutugno, while the lace of “Call My Name” and “A Matter Of Time” is simply beautiful – or beautifully simple. Just like the whole album, in fact.


simakDIALOG –
Demi Masa

Moonjune 2009

Some highly charged, yet perfectly understated, Indonesian kind of blue.

Back in the ’70s there were ensembles in such unlikely places as Indonesia who mixed their roots music with blues but globalization made it all homogeneous. Thank God, then, for the bands like this that graft gamelan instrumentation upon the fusion canvas, and for the label supporting the drive that’s not easy to get into.

As soft as it is, the band’s main man Riza Arshad’s Fender Rhodes dances over the traditional percussion in “Salilana Pertama” while Tohpati’s guitar, alternately sailing or riffing, takes a flight of its own for a delicuious aural attack and soars higher and higher to get down in acoustic lace and handclaps of “Salihana Kedua” with its jazzy twists and turns. In the two-part “Tak Jauh” the electric piano shimmers into view again, “Romantic Warrior”-way, and there’s a children-like delicacy in it, but the “Trah Lor” second portion sees various drums enchanting the shy synth sound which takes revenge in the classical jazz tones of “Karuhun”. Still, bar the prog-rocking closer, “Disapih”, there’s a feeling of understatement throughout which makes the album ever more thunderous.


The Number One Album

Nice Pear 2009

The guitar tech to the stars takes it further with many friends in tow to enjoy the trip.

Being a roadie for the likes of Marc Bolan and Bernie Torme doesn’t make one a good guitarist but it’s not the case with Cliff Wright who now has a band of his own – and Torme as guest and co-producer – but his past might be a good explanation of their debut record’s understated coolness. Not in a cold way, of course, for this record rocks nicely and warm with Wright’s acoustic guitar softening everything from the opener “If You’ve Gut The Guts” which features Torme’s GMT’s cohort, Robin Guy, on drums and THE RUTS’ Paul Fox who laid down the ringing solo before his untimely death in 2007, to the closing “No Respect” punky blues.

Wright surely has the guts to duet with mighty Angie Brown on the lovers-wrestling gospel country of “Cold Coffee & Tears”, made even more sarcastic thanks to BJ Cole’s pedal steel, and to shine alongside such luminary buddies as Phil Spalding whose elastic bass bands many pieces together, and another GILLAN veteran, Colin Towns, the latter’s piano and Simon Taylor’s sax adorning delicate “My Love”. The Irish folk-based “Finty McGinty” seaguing into another bagpipes-drenched ballad, “When The Penny Drops”, brings a surprise element to the table, while covering “Norwegian Wood” seems surplus to the album’s context. Still, there’s a nice “Walrus”-like psychedelic fabric in the coda of “What”, and “You’re Breaking My Heart” comes oiled with the “Penny Lane”-esque brass: that’s where Wright’s influences lie, not in the music of those he helped out on the way to this record that has all the rights to get to the top.


Radio Sessions

Angel Air 2009

When the flame was beginning to burn, the fire felt hot even then.

Hard to label, this English band swung from progressive rock to electropop in the late ’70s – early ’80s, but the quartet took in much more than it was needed to produce their only hits “Der Kommissar” and “One Rule For You”. The latter graces this, ATF’s first collection of radio sessions that shows the ensemble’s many facets better than their studio output.

While “Joy” is pure keyboard wizardry of artsy kind, the audience greets it with the same enthusiasm as the “Time To Think” rocking or the jagged punk of “A Little Sun, A Little Rain” with Andy Piercy’s Gene Vincent-like yelp. The 1979’s charged concert brings most of the band’s second album, “Laser Love”, to the stage, but its title track opens also the following year’s radio recording – in less immediate version – as Peter Banks’ keyboards start to overweight John Russel’s guitar. At the same time, the newcomer’s Pete King’s drumming adds a fuller scope to songs such as the 2-Tone-inspired “Can You Face It?” and hugely enliven “Billy Billy”, the typical ’80s product with, again, prog rock leanings a la ASIA. It also characterizes 1981’s “Frozen Rivers”, colder indeed, as well as the charming, reggae-spiced “Sailing Ship”. And though the bopping “Take Me Higher” from the quartet’s debut LP makes a welcome return to the set, that’s when ATF begin to lose their specialness and err towards their next year’s demise. But before that, their fire burnt wild.


Blue Note Ridge

Fossil Poet 2009

A piano bliss lies where the jazz giants meet the geological heights.

The title – a morphing of Blue Note Records and Blue Ridge Mountains – says much but doesn’t express what a kind of a diversion this, his fourth solo, album is for Roger Powell. From the days with UTOPIA the keyboard wizard has mostly been known for his bold excursions into synthesized sound but here the veteran scales some new plateau with his grand piano. With serenity always on the horizon, the pieces gathered on “Blue Note Ridge” are tastefully jagged like the sparkingly sparse “Flint Hill” or the opener “Path To The River” which has a nicely poised swing to it. Elsewhere “Take To The Sky” pays a tribute to George Gershwin’s “Summertime”, and there’s Chopin-like majesty in “First Light” where the blues-skewed dissonance plays a mind game. When the droplets of “Watershed” awash the ears, all these improvisations leave so much to imagination that a new spin of the disc feels necessary to have something fresh revealed every time.


Still Alive

Wet World 2008

En masse, the loaded guns ablaze and shoot. 

If there was something wrong with this band, it’s the lack of image but not the power for when former GUN members Paul and Adrian Gurvitz teamed up with the CREAM skin-hitter Ginger Baker, their accumulated strength was immense – yet, perhaps, too artsy to make an impact the trio felt capable of. By 1976, though, their ranks expanded to quintet including ex-SHARKS Mr. Snips to handle lead vocals and jazz buff Peter Lemer on keyboards, and it’s this line-up that’s on “Still Alive”, a 2CD set recorded on top of their game and close to the edge of demise. But there’s no sign of the end in the sludgy attack of “Hearts Of Fire”, Adrian incendiary soloing throughout or the groovy cover of “Freedom” by the big GUN fan, Jimi Hendrix. Four drums showcases might be be a bit too many yet, with Baker’s dynamic range, they open another dimension; still, he’s better be watched on the “Beat Club” DVD which accompanies this set and alone is worth the price of admission – not least for the sight of inebriated Ginger falling of his stool but immaculately keeping the beat and “Whatever It Is”, a track that the band have never seemed to properly record in a studio.

For all the restraint of the blues intro and easy harmonies, “4 Phil” comes on boppingly gritty, and “Sunshine Of Your Love”, with Paul’s earth-shattering bass, is more funky than CREAM had it, but all the elements of the band’s forte reach the peak in the epic “Inside Of Me” where each instrument shines while complementing the rest to takу on almost orchestral proportions, and Snips’ vocals ram it all home. So if there’s only one BGA record to be kept at home, let it be this one.


The Folly

Garden Of Idan 2008

The Yardbird sings on his own – with just a little blues in sight.

If it may come as a surpirse to many that THE YARDBIRDS still exist, much more surprising is the fact that their singer’s horizon’s much wider than the the legendary band’s chosen genre – but then, that was the same with his predecessor, Keith Relf. A great vocalist in his own, here the Detroit-born John Idan goes the whole distance playing every instrument with a delicate help from a string quartet and tells it like it is – or, in the case of “The Ballad Of Myself” – like it was. His sincere delivery and the namechecking of his idols’ is disarming but there’s no naivete: just listen to the blues and raga aural allusions at the appropriate lyrical places. The ballad of his soul? Idan’s voice in “I Began To Realise” is soulful while the arrangement is Latin-tinctured and breezy.

This easiness pervades all the album so even with “We All Belong” John escapes anthemic lures which he surrenders to in Lennonesque “Set Out Before The Sadness Comes”, but then Idan follows the George Harrison route in “That’s You And Me” with rare elegance, the influences are worn proudly on the sleeve. While the psychedelic chant of “The Kali Yuga’s Gettin’ Hot”, as fantastic as it is, sticks out of context like a soar Sly Stone-shaped thumb, “Banging My Head On The Wall” feeds to the boogie crowd with its jolly piano, and the organ-laden “Five More Nights” has the answer to the blues-asking lot. With so much going on here, John’s a revelation.


General Winter’s Secret Museum

The Tea Club 2009

Derelict dirges driving desperation away. Keep your secrets stashed so well.

However futuristic they might be, most prog rock bands, the genre’s name notwithstanding, cast their collective glances, stylistics-wise, to the past – too afraid to sound too modern to be filed under “Prog”. This New Jersey quartet, the brainchild of singing guitarists Patrick and Dan McGowan, are different, they’re living in the intense “here and now” which bares its teeth with the misty, if desperate, march of “Werevolves” where soft passages instil more fear than the preceding onslaught. In the multi-layered “Big Al” the band show their mastery of Frippery but do it with much bile and gusto, while the sublime “The Moon” puts forward the brothers’ vocal harmonies and the folky undertow, and there’s a grandiosity hidden in “Castle Builder”. Still, it’s the closing “Ice Clock” their utmost magical moment which indeed might point to a great future.


Great American Soulbook

TOP Records 2009

The Californian ensemble track back their roots with some heavy guests in tow(er).

What’s the best way for a soul band to mark their 40th anniversary if not to shine up their brass and make some of their genre classics shine anew? Saxophonist Doc Kupka masterfully eschews the obvious and steers his ensemble – with George Duke in the producer’s chair – away from the rocks. With only Otis Redding’s “Mr. Pitiful” coming from the collective subconscious, although here anguish is served much jollier, and shorter, by another Stax veteran, Sam Moore, there’s TAVARES’ “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” stripped from its disco lustre to gain impact. Which can’t be said of “You Met Your Match” where singer Larry Braggs follows the song’s composer Steve Wonder’s style too closely and, for the same reason, the James Brown medley, “Star Time”. Maybe that’s why TOP decided to invite more vocal talent on board, and Joss Stone does a mellifluous Tammi Terrell to Braggs’ Marvin in “Your Precious Love” and fantastic Kim Weston in “It Takes Two”, while Huey Lewis gets all Wilson Picketty in “634-5789”, and Tom Jones’ pipes sound fantastic with the trumpets of Isaac Hayes’ “I Thank You”. Quite a right thing, to be thankful to all the great artists who created this songbook and to the band who delved into it to dust off the gems.



Metal Mind 2009

When the past slumbers turn into dreams of the future.

Poland might be re-christened and be called Progland: of all the former socialist countries it’s there that the art form thrives without too much looking back, neo-prog-like. But it’s the times gone that is the focus of this album. With it keyboardist and drummer Wojtek Szadkowski, well-known for his COLLAGE endeavors, opens a new chapter of his other band’s story which leaves their debut trilogy behind. “Every Desert Got Its Ocean” splashes on like a tidal wave of raging synthesizers and sharp guitar but then the storm invites the calm, and Robert Amirian’s voice turns sireny serene. And so it goes, from thunder to subsiding, the pain hanging on in-between to get soothed in the harmonies of “Repaint The Sky” where keys deliver one great hook. While “Am I Losing Touch” is desperate, on the verge of collapse, it introduces a gentle acoustic folk tune, and there’s spaciness abound, never more so than in the “Over Horizon” pulsating ambience which appears to be as creepy as it is crawling under the skin until the chorus breaks out to call to “step out from the dark”. Velvet gloom flows through the finale, “Is It Over”, but the touch of it is very very warm.


Live – Opera House, Newcastle, 2002

Angel Air 2009

His own time is then and now, so Chappo lets loose and gets looser.

In the days of old, Roger Chapman’s hellish warble might alienate many, his band’s name notwithstanding. As the years went, the singer’s voice mellowed and became richer, and though his bite remained in place, now Chappo acts like a strange, if adorable, uncle. That’s the role he slips in on this concert recorded soon after he turned 60. Stripped of the visuals, here all subtleties become clearer and more enjoyable, with folk melody meeting rock ‘n’ roll lyric in “Kiss My Soul” and foreshadowing the doomy, wail-laden reggae of “Shank”, that in fact is Mike Oldfield’s “Shadow On The Wall”. The FAMILY hits make the second part of the show, and CD 2 of this set, heavier, yet while “Burlesque” and “Weaver’s Answer” are bound to be featured, this veteran and predictability never share the same space.

When Henry Spinetti’s on drums and Steve Simpson employs not only guitar but also mandolin and fiddle, the rustic qualities of Chappo’s voice suit the mood of hypnotic reading of Bob Dylan’s “Blind Willie McTell” and Chuck Berry’s “Downbound Train” perfectly. In this band’s interpretation, BR549’s “18 Wheeks & A Crowbar” sounds predatory yet charming as well as “Shortlist” which gave name to other of the singer’s bands, and Chappo even excels in rapping “Toe Nail Draggin'”, which he originally laid down with STREETWALKERS, before skanking again on Gary Twigg’s bass groove and Ian Gibbons’ organ oil. Wrapping up all his long-playing career, Roger delights in having the audience chat him up and tease him. A real family atmosphere captured too well to not giving it another spin.


Queen Of Hearts

Onslow Records 2009

Clap your hands and shout out Devil! That’s what’s rock ‘n’ roll about. The awesome threesome from Deutschland rub all the right places. 

Doro Pesch once admitted to being fan of Marc Bolan but she never followed the glam route – unlike her compatriot Cat The Cat who throws in some Suzi Quatro for good bass-wielding measure and lends the “power trio” term a new slant. And do the gal and her two boys rock! The title track cuts in with heavy yet sparse rhythm and infectious riff that’s lassoing like a lace around your ears with a little hint of rockabilly hiding in the shade; note the Hank Marvin-like twang of “Gambler” which nails it where it gets with a slide guitar, before the “Every Bullet” acoustic texture hits the soft spot. And that’s only the start of one wonderful album which ropes in the songwriting talents of Mary-Susan Applegate whose clientele lists Celine Dion.

Fortunately, there’s nothing diva-esque about the German singer doing a country rock anguish on “Face In The Mirror”, which can easily be converted by remixers into a dancefloor sweep or orchestral swipe, after driving the bunch into ZEP territory on crunchy “Bones” and bluesy “Don’t Mess Around” that gains funky grit as it progresses. Meanwhile, “Gypsy Woman” sounds like a surefire pop hit and the raga-tinged “Back At Home” comes forth anthemic-way. Cat The Cat’s so endearing in the girlish “Bye, Bye My Baby” that you feel obliged to apply for the date with the lady. FIRST CHILD have all the makings of international stars.


Edge Of The Dark –
Unreleased Recordings 1972-1985

Angel Air 2009

Hear the ring of 12-string and look for some beauty in yer kitchen sink.

If Donovan was supposed to be the British answer to Dylan, by the same token Beau, or John Trevor Midgley, was the England’s echo of Phil Ochs’ outpourings. Yet when John Peel signed his compatriot to his Dandelion Records, in 1968, he might sense there was a singer in the vein of Ralph McTell. Whatever, by 1972 the label had blown up in the wind, and Beau – who, as John Trevor, worked with TRACTOR – could find no place for the “High Mass” album. And that where this disc starts, with “The Smoke Of Eden”: subtle percussion underpin the harmonica-harmonium interplay while guitar chimes around the delicate voice, and the song builds up, electrically, to the point where tension just begs for a resolution – just like the gloomy optimism of the lyrics. Sign of the times just gone, but the playful folk of “St. Elizabeth Of Hungary” harks even further in time, and Sandy Denny might inhabit it too well – just like the “Cartoon” brooding politics from 1975’s recordings that were to be the “Twelve Strings To The Beau”, yet remained unreleased too as the auteur was promoted at his day job. The acoustic baroque grandeur of “Bristol Museum” would have fallen on fallow ears in the glam year anyway.

From 1978 to 1982 Beau worked at home, secure in the knowledge that the “the dangerous scent is the Profumo fate” sentiment of “Flowers Of The Sea” had a nice sound to it, especially with “perfume” lurking nearby, but it was not for the age of plastic, though it’s quite relevant today. The clock-ticking rhythm in “The Mirror” is still mesmerising, whereas “The Cumberland Brigade” 1985’s demo written about post traumatic stress disorder feels Donovan-ish indeed. Then, “Red Light In Arcady” hits hard with only guitar and lashing voice – and links it all back to the opening track’s paradise making this collection an album in itself. Not for everyone, but there’s much to think about when listening.


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