In the early seventies, Marc Bolan was a teen idol ruling the world with his unique blend of "cosmic rock".
Most people will know his early albums, such as "Electric Warrior" and "The Slider", and his many hits such as "Get It On", "Hot Love", "Telegram Sam", and "Metal Guru".
By the mid seventies, his star had waned, much to do with his ongoing battles against drink, drugs, and a weight problem akin to that of Elvis.
It was in this period of his career that the critics to a man wrote him off.
Bolan himself knew he had problems - bloated and ill looking, he still managed to release (1974) the classic "Teenage Dream", a song which is littered with lyrics remarking uopn his own demise.
It was to be a further 3 years before he overcame his demons, releasing in 1977 (the year of his death) this now classic album, "Dandy In The Underworld".
It is a rare thing, when reviewing an album, you can't find a weak track, or "filler".
This album has none.
Each song is vibrant, classic rock, most of them are way ahead of time. The title track is an example to behold, some superb guitar playing from Bolan (why is he so underrated by the critics in this field, when both his contemporaries, and fans think otherwise ?) and neat, lyrics, and a sound as tight as you could possibly wish for.
Without doubt, Bolan was back, big time (ITV had just offered him a continuation of his own music show, which had been a great success) writing material he was proud of, and rightly so.
Listen to each track on the album, from the wistful "Soul Of My Suit", to the pacey "Teen Riot Structure", and you'll soon get the picture.
This album showcases Bolan's talent in a manner that many of his previous works failed - not least the oustanding lead guitar work on all tracks.
"Dandy" will no doubt leave it's mark on time as one of (if not the) Bolan's Best Albums - Deservedly so.