|1. The Story Of OVO|
|2. The Time Of The Turning (Infinite) (Instrumental)|
|3. The Time Of The Turning|
|4. The Man Who Loved The Earth/The Hand That Sold Shadows|
|5. The Time Of The Turning/The Weavers Reel (Reprise)|
|6. Father, Son|
|7. The Tower That Ate People|
|9. White Ashes|
|11. The Nest That Sailed The Sky|
|12. Make Tomorrow|
I therefore like to think of OVO as a soundtrack, because my memories are intertwined with images of the show. It was with this in mind that I purchased the CD, as you might want the soundtrack to a thought provoking film.
OVO was intended to celebrate the past, present and future of Britain and is based around the story of pre-industrial, industrial and post-industrial society (what's to come).
The tracks reflect this and describe events in history such as the industrial revolution in 'Time of the Turning'. There are some beautiful phrases such as 'Did you see it move, it's in the very cloth that I weave' refering perhaps to the spark of genius in the weaving industry which started the whole industrial revolution. Intertwined with these stories of our nation's history are the sounds of the traditional and modern instruments of multicultural Britain from brass bands to indian pipes and electronic guitar.
All the songs, particularly those describing a optimistic future of harmony with machine and nature, are very reflective. They capture your moods with profound phrases and haunting solos. 'Downside up, upside down' for instance paints the scene of us moving from an inhuman age of machine and greed into that of harmony;'The only constant I am sure of, is this accelerating rate of change'.
My favourite lyric from the last track 'Make Tomorrow Today' could be the epitaph to the whole album, it says simply; 'what better measure of what you were doing here, than what you can leave behind'.
Peter has left behind a record of our culture, emotion, history and hopes for the next millennium at the end of the second.
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