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5.0 out of 5 stars
The Man Who Was Not With It, 23 May 2006
Lawrence was always ahead of his time. Felt were always too clever for the hip journalists of the day, who much preferred to concentrate on the Jesus and Mary Chain or whatever was the flavour of the month. Lawrence just sighed and made another album. 10 albums, 10 singles. End. Typical Lawrence. Listen to "Crystal Ball", "Dismantled King" and appreciate the craft and musicianship. The ten albums (you have purchased them all haven't you?) are a master class of how to befuddle then amaze then annoy. You want catchy songs? They release an album such as Poem of the River to show they can do that. Ready for stardom? They then release an obscure instrumental album instead. You loved that? Then here's a Jazz album instead. Always moving forward, never relenting, never compromising. This particular CD has been hand picked by Lawrence himself and contains many of the best tracks of Felt. Not all, there are hidden gems on all albums and singles and extended 12" that need discovering. They say Lawrence never understood, never played the game straight, was not with it. Play this CD and discover that it was the general public who missed out, not Lawrence.
Lawrence is still alive and still scheming and in my mind he always will be the true musical genius that spawned Pulp and fellow travellers. He is the true winner and we are just not with it yet to fully understand.