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David Kilgour Audio CD

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"David Kilgour has been responsible for some of the most carefree and jubilant rock music ever put to tape" --PITCHFORK

"Kilgour has been delivering nothing but first-rate music for almost 30 years with the Clean and on his own" --ALL MUSIC GUIDE

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4.0 out of 5 stars very mellow, tight stuff from legendary clean guitarist 26 Mar 2003
By Christopher Andrews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
the clean seems to be drifting more towards lead guitarist david kilgour's now-prominent laid back sound. 2001's reunion album 'getaway' was a refreshing slice of acoustic pop awashed in feedback, all three members lazy vocals, mixed together with bass player robert scott's jangle tendencies, and drummer hamish kilgour's noise-rock leanings.
david's first solo album since that promising reunion is as refreshing as 'getaway', and seems to come together more as an album. kilgour shows the same sense of melody he's renowned for and even though the album doesn't 'rock' as such from start to finish, he shows he can create a little heat with the more upbeat 'today is going to be mine'.
kilgour's appears to be pushing his song-writing abilities, as the album is quite introspective, with david's vocals quite up front in the mix. they are often backed only by his familiar echo-enhanced acoustic guitar. it works to a certain extent, as the album is definitely a very pleasant listen, but as with the cleans last full-length, it feels like something is missing.
we've seen robert scott flirt with more electronic and sound-scape grooves on 1999's 'the creeping unknown', and now kilgour seems to be following the same path, mixing in an array of more classical instrumentation (check the 'instra 2' tracks ' particularly the reprise). the album comes out as more of a complete album than the clean's previous reunion album (the pop-centered 'unknown country') which divided a lot their fan base ' but the question still stands on whether kilgour has succeeded in his intentions.
it's great to see a man with such a fine ear for melody and groove as kilgour mixing in elements of piano, cello, keyboards and violin to his guitar pieces though, and i for one appreciate his attempt to diversify his music. i'd like to see kilgour follow through on the sound he's slowly making his own, his solo material is sadly oft ignored ' and yet contains some of the most gentle yet dramatic instrumentation and infectious lyrics of the current lo-fi scene.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm impressed 6 Aug 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Who is this guy and how come I haven't heard his music before? David Kilgour opened for Lambchop several months ago. I caught the last 3 songs, and wished I had witnessed his entire set. Anyway, I was impressed enough to buy this CD and it is wonderful chimey, psychedelic guitar pop, but not at all brittle. Except for a few rough edges and a couple of songs that end rather abruptly, this would be a five star effort.
The listener will hear dreamy, gorgeous songs featuring layer upon layer of guitar, interspersed with even dreamier, short instrumentals. In the hands of less talented artists, instrumental breaks usually are just filler, but Kilgour isn't just filling space. These are fully realized little pop symphonies that add to the overall effect.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A feather in your ear 6 July 2002
By Dade - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have to force myself to put this away, for fear of getting tired of it. I can go a few days before I frantically shove it into the player, hear the opening, and smile at everything. Kick back with any of the masterful instrumentals. Wake yourself in the morning to "Today is Gonna Be Mine". Buy this, listen often. Your life will be better for it.
5.0 out of 5 stars near perfection 6 Jan 2008
By TRoidt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After being slightly disappointed with "David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights"(his previous release), but loving most of his previous work, with and without the Clean, I fell out of the loop and didn't pick this up until it had been out for a year or so. Man, what a comeback! This goes in my top 5 psychedelic pop albums of all time and is rarely far from my player. Treat yourself!
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