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Paper Covers Stone

22 Sep 2009

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  • Original Release Date: 22 Sep 2009
  • Label: Dahlia
  • Copyright: 2009 Robert Fisher
  • Total Length: 1:14:07
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  • ASIN: B002Q46PYI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I was tempted to do one of those reviews that argue that this band is criminally underrated and should be bought by everyone and their dog. But let's keep them a secret for a few of us to enjoy. As long as they keep in the game and release albums of this quality I am happy enough to be philosophical about their obscurity.

WGC are sometimes a vehicle for Robert Fisher and his previous partner Paul Austin and sometimes a collective of around 20 musicians. Indeed they comment wryly on one of their albums that "If someone tells you played on this, they probably did". At least 3 Willard Grant Conspiracy albums rank as my favourite albums of the past decade and I was delighted to see "Regard the End" highlighted recently in Uncut's top 150 albums of the 21st century. It is a dark and gothic work where Robert Fischer the bands front man tackles the Prozac inducing subject of death! Infact it is very uplifting and beautiful particularly the gorgeous "Twistification" the gentle take on the traditional "Fare thee well" which is included in a different version on this album and the poppy "Soft hand". The band's masterpiece however is the glorious melancholy of "Everything is Fine" one of the greatest Americana albums bar none including the joyous desert Xmas song "Christmas in Nevada", Fishers beautiful paean to his home state "Massachusetts" and the fabulous homage to all alcoholics "the Drunkards prayer". Those who check out their earlier album "Mojave" will delighted to discover that it and "Everything is Fine" stand as a wonderful if unintentional double paring

The WGC have slipped slightly on their two most recent albums "Let it Roll" and "Pilgrim Road" and it is from these two albums that Paper Covers Stone draws most songs and rightly reworkes them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WGC still keeping to the fundamentals 30 Aug 2013
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As always, the production and performance is sparce with no embellishment. And of course with this music there is no need for embellishment. It comes from somewhere deep within the heart of the performer and speaks to the listener at an equally deep level. Not always easy listening but compelling and the music demands to be heard. I purchased this album and several others of WGC from Amazon a year or so ago and they continue to form much of the soundtrack around me. The music never goes away.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a re-hash 26 Aug 2010
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Firstly, I really like WGC after seeing them at a festival, however, after 'Regard the End' they've fallen by the wayside. This album sees WGC revisiting many songs in 'Regard the End' in a more acoustic fashion, although still very similar to the originals, it seems they have run out of ideas and gone back to the success of their earlier music.

Still, a very nice album, but I'd recommend getting the original.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Willard Grant Conspiracy - A great underrated American band 25 Jun 2011
By Red on Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
WGC are sometimes a vehicle for Robert Fisher and his previous partner Paul Austin and sometimes a collective of around 20 musicians. They comment wryly on one of their albums that "If someone tells you played on this, they probably did". At least 3 Willard Grant Conspiracy albums rank as my favourite albums of the past decade and I was delighted to see "Regard the End" highlighted recently in Uncut's top 150 albums of the 21st century. It is a dark and gothic work where Robert Fischer the bands front man tackles the Prozac inducing subject of death! Infact it is very uplifting and beautiful particularly the gorgeous "Twistification" the gentle take on the traditional "Fare thee well" which is included in a different version on this album and the poppy "Soft hand". The band's masterpiece however is the glorious melancholy of "Everything is Fine" one of the greatest Americana albums bar none including the joyous desert Xmas song "Christmas in Nevada", Fishers beautiful paean to his home state "Massachusetts" and the fabulous homage to all alcoholics "the Drunkards prayer". Those who check out their earlier album "Mojave" will delighted to discover that it and "Everything is Fine" stand as a wonderful if unintentional double paring

The WGC have slipped slightly on their two most recent albums "Let it Roll" and "Pilgrim Road" and it is from these two albums that Paper Covers Stone draws most songs and rightly reworkes them. As a result it sees them back on top form and probably reflects more closely their live performances with Fishers propensity to reinvent his songs Dylan Style in radically new ways. Thus this album is a sort of unplugged acoustic greatest hits except in many cases the songs are so different they are transformed into something new and very different. Thus you have an excellent range of minimalistically re-worked versions of existing WGC tunes. for those requiring tsome some new output 3 new songs are also included all of which are excellent. Recommended here is the stunning "Mary of the Angels" with a lovely vocal by Fischer. A radically reworked and much better version of "Skeleton" from "Let it roll". "Soft Hand" becomes a much darker affair than the "Regard the End" version. I particularly love "Painter Blue" and the eerie "Lady of the Snowline" but look it's a fine album and all the songs reward.

I suppose if I have a small gripe "Fare thee Well" and "the Ghost of the Girl in the Well" are probably closest to the originals but all the same distinctive enough to provide fine alternatives. If you're looking for comparable artists then at a pinch you could cite Nick Cave and Johnny Cash and also throw in Richard Thompson, the Handsome Family and even the Red House Painters. But WGC should be checked out not least of all to hear the finest baritone in modern rock music in the shape of Robert Fisher. As the winter nights approach these stripped back acoustic performances really resonate. Pour yourself a drink, curl up and listen intently to an undiscovered treasure trove, it is truly enthralling.
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