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The World Is Saved
The World Is Saved

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not for everyone, but..., 27 Oct 2004
This review is from: The World Is Saved (Audio CD)
comparisons are invidious but imagine a mix of Lisa Germano and Bjork, or a female David Sylvian -- Sweden's Nordenstam is one of alternative pop's hidden treasures, quiet, intelligent, uncompromising.
After a decade willfully out of step with the times, this album is the closest she's come to the indie-(post) rock norm, a fragmented blend of strings, electric guitar and electronics, and her inimitably wistful voice.
Not pushing the envelope as far as on her 1990s' releases, but still an original.


Spacebox
Spacebox
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £6.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars gentle mutant pop, 14 Dec 2003
This review is from: Spacebox (Audio CD)
Chet Baker collaborating with Steve Reich?
Hard to describe this post-pop excursion with it's sung and played references to West Coast Jazz and delicate systems music, but even though it took me a few listens to be persuaded, this really was one of the few radically orginal pop recordings of 2003.


Kelvingrove Baby
Kelvingrove Baby
Offered by musicfan46
Price: £7.05

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Northern Classic, 14 Dec 2003
This review is from: Kelvingrove Baby (Audio CD)
This Mortal Coil's It'll End In Tears; Scott Walker's Tilt; Mark Hollis' solo album. Very few artists have managed to wed classical influences and forms with all-out romantic balladeering, but The Bathers' Chris Thompson has managed it brilliantly, time and time again.
It's a matter of opinion whether his unique musical vision is best expressed through the various song cycles of Sweet Deceit, Lagoon Blues, Sunpowder, Pandemonia, or this one, but for me Kelvingrove Baby is the summit of his art, not as immediately accessible as Sunpowder, but the one which has best repaid repeated listens over the years, revealing new depths and subtleties at each return.


Desire Regained: the Best of the Bathers
Desire Regained: the Best of the Bathers
Offered by trec002
Price: £49.99

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a misleading and disappointing recapitulation, 20 Nov 2003
The Bathers recorded some of the most movingly romantic and literate pop albums of the 90s, and many of their best titles appear on thie collection, but Desire Regained is a fairly radical reinterpretation of those cult classics, originally presented as sophisticated orchestral pop, and performed here as if by a cheerfully drunk northern soul pub-band.
I can understand that Chris Thompson may have got a little bored with the original versions of these songs, and was eager to break through to a new audience, but please don't mistake this selection for a summary of his work to date.
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