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  • Audio CD (22 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sartorial Records
  • ASIN: B00383XZQ2
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,638 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2010 album from acclaimed singer/songwriter & all-star band; Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey & Bill Rieflin (REM, Minus 5..)

BBC Review

One of the UK’s most endearing and enduring psychedelic treasures, Robyn Hitchcock has long balanced consistency with a prolific creative nature that shows no sign of abating. Propellor Time is the third album Hitchcock has recorded since 2006 with his Venus 3, a trio with impressive CVs, numbering Young Fresh Fellow Scott McCaughey on bass, ex-Ministry sticksman Bill Rieflin on drums, and REM’s Peter Buck on 12-string and acoustic guitars. Further celebrity cameos include Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, kindred spirit Nick Lowe and ex-Smith/current-Crib Johnny Marr, underscoring the high esteem in which Hitchcock is held by his peers, but never overshadowing his most idiosyncratic talents with their contributions.

Hitchcock’s self-confessed key influences include Revolver-era Beatles, Dylan at his peak and Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd, artists who’ve inspired a deluge of overly-reverent copycats in the decades since. No retro-poseur, Hitchcock has instead been refracting their music through a most inimitable and idiosyncratic filter since his Soft Boys first surfaced in the late 70s, and while echoes of his heroes are present within Propellor Time’s effervescent melodies and charming tunefulness, the voice is always unmistakeably his own.

That voice is one informed by a most contagious optimism, delivered with a word-lover’s wit which never cloys. The sweetly folky idle of Luckiness finds Hitchcock celebrating good fortune with a Steve Harley-esque twang, a zephyr of a song as uplifting as finding a tenner on the bus. The romantic swoon of opener Star of Venus is soft-hearted and starry-eyed enough to charm any Flaming Lips fan, while aching closer Evolove debates the existential questions with a warmth and wisdom that’ll stop you in your tracks. It’s this normally-sanguine lyrical tenor that makes the album’s darker turns all the more poignant: the melancholic Ordinary Millionaire, penned with Johnny Marr, sounds haunted with an enigmatic regret; the dreamy stream-of-consciousness of John in the Air, meanwhile, is underpinned by a sense of psychedelic unease, an eerie tension.

Propellor Time is, in short, another fine Robyn Hitchcock album, proving that, almost 35 years into his recording career, his gift for crafting such perfectly-imperfect, winningly-askew pop as strong as ever. To his loyal followers, this is great news; to the uninitiated, this is where to begin your journey into the Hitchcockverse. --Stevie Chick

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Gilbert on 22 Feb. 2012
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I think this is definitely a contender for a Desert Island Disc. Beautiful melodies, weird and thoughtful lyrics that make me smile. A real gem. If you like this try 'Spooked' featuring Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philip Martin on 7 Jan. 2013
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Had almost forgotten about RH, then caught a relatively recent concert on Sky Arts. The album confirmed his excellence has not diminished. The songs are strong, the harmonies are spot on. Peter Buck's 12 string is so complementary. An album to bring the blood pressure down.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
John Lennon Smiles Down on You, Mr. Hitchcock 6 April 2010
By JG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I don't know how many reviews I've read of this Robyn Hitchcock CD or that in which the reviewer makes the argument that "he's not as good as he used to be", or "this isn't anything like (insert name of Robyn Hitchcock CD from the past here).

Like his principal mentor, John Lennon, there isn't really a "better" or "worse" period in his career. Both artists had their ups and downs to be sure, but what shines through all that in each musician's case is the sheer consistency in each artist's respective work.

Mr. Hitchcock is about as prolific as any musician I can think of, and unlike many artists, there is no lack of consistency and strength from record to record.

On "Propellor Time", Lennon's spirit looms larger than it ever has. In addition to the regular lineup of his stellar band, The Venus 3, Johnny Marr, John Paul Jones, and Nick Lowe make their presence known. Peter Buck gives the proceedings his distinct jingly jangly Byrds signature, and Mr. Hitchcock also tips his hat to another big mentor of his, Bob Dylan (especially so with "Born on the wind"), but, as he himself said in an interview not long ago, his compass keeps turning back to John.

As of this writing, the US tour dates are scarce, but am greatly looking forward to hearing and seeing these fine songs on the road in the near future, Mr. H.
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One for Us 28 Jun. 2010
By Timothy P. Young - Published on Amazon.com
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In my review of Hitchcock's last album, Goodnight Oslo, I said that he tends to follow a pattern of 'one for me, one for you,' and designated that album as one for him. Not to say it wasn't excellent, but it was a challenging work that took some time to get into.

Well, with no loss of artistic integrity, he's back with one for us. Propellor Time is an absolute joy from beginning to end. However, in no way is he selling out. The Venus 3, with able assists from Johnny Marr, Nick Lowe, and a former Soft Boy, lay down a warm bed of polished neo-psychedelic folk and pop that suspends Hitchcock's trademark absurdsism-with-a-point in the perfect comfort zone.

This is the type of album that everyone will hold up with their own favorite songs, but I'll share mine anyway:

"Star of Venus": "The driver's dead/His bony arms/Around the bones of his wife/And that's true love." Enough said.

"Ordinary Millionaire": Lush folk-pop.

"Sickie Boy": An ebullient chorus, tempered by cynical lyrics sung with great joy. The best pop song on the album.

"Evolove": An amazing piece of deep-thought folk, surprisingly straightforward for Hitchcock. Moving.

This is an easily accessible album that I recommend highly to absolutely anyone.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
short but very sweet 12 April 2010
By gbear - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD without having heard anything about it; Robyn Hitchcock is simply on my list of 'must buy' artists. When I got it home and listened all the way through, I was just delighted at how good an album it is. It's lightweight (in a good way), whimsical, beautifully played and produced, and Robyn's voice sounds better to me than it has on his last three or four outings. It's a wonderful song set, albeit quite short (ten standard length pop songs).
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Best in recent memory... 5 Jun. 2010
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Format: Audio CD
His best album in many years; actually tops Ole Tarantula and Spooked, his previous best two this decade. Only flashback: title track sounds like it was lifted from "You and Oblivion" from the 90's, and "John On The Air" is the distant sibling of "Polly On The Shore" from the same album. That's not a bad thing. My friends have been stunned to hear that both "Luckiness" and "Sticky Boy" are live recordings; the tightness of the musicians has to be heard to be believed. It's obvious why Mr. Hitchcock is so admired by his colleagues: his songmanship and sense of melody are impeccable. Peter Buck has played on many Hitchcock albums, starting with "Globe Of Frogs", and deserves a spot beside him on stage. Really, the entirety of The Venus 3 are up to the task of playing with Mr. Hitchcock. His best backing band since the Egyptians, and possibly all the way back to the Soft Boys.
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