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SUBURBAN LAWNS
SUBURBAN LAWNS
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5.0 out of 5 stars Needle Points, 28 Nov. 2015
This review is from: SUBURBAN LAWNS (Audio CD)
Art-pop fidgets. Songs horizontally terse and excitably assembled in a rush of new freedoms. Su Tissue's delivery is contrary, hollow and cool to the point of callous.


About Time
About Time
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the most offensive films ever made, 29 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: About Time (DVD)
If a woman does not consent to intercourse, simply use time travel and deception repeatedly until she succumbs. Vile, charmless and joke free.


Keep Still
Keep Still
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5.0 out of 5 stars probably the greatest 'lost' album of the last 40 years, 7 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Keep Still (Audio CD)
This Anglo-Japanese cult curiosity is, along with Brute Force's 'Confections Of Love', probably the greatest 'lost' album of the last 40 years. It's one of those world-unto-itself records that only really bears comparison with follies of a similar scale and singularity: think Maher Shalal Hash Baz's 'Return Visit To Rock Mass' or Half Japanese's 'Half Gentlemen/Not Beasts'. It's all very magical and unstable. Simultaneously precious and throwaway.


Takin' A Chance On You
Takin' A Chance On You
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5.0 out of 5 stars All vanity, 17 Oct. 2014
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Every silken machine-tooled surface induces a mirage of vain and perfect pop.


Rosa Yemen
Rosa Yemen
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Paroxysms (For Voice & Guitar), 1 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Rosa Yemen (MP3 Download)
In a more enlightened age, parks and boulevards would be named after this unique and contrary record: taut/languid paroxysms of voice and guitar scissored into wholly original shapes. A thin visionary collage, both of and beyond its time.


Smoke
Smoke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dog That Sings, 5 May 2011
This review is from: Smoke (Audio CD)
Very few people, if past pop industry trends hold true,
will get to see Jon the dog play the piano or
portable organ before they die.
Few will count this as any great loss.
But Jon is joy.
And Jon is sage.
Jon is the madness of the world and humanity
And Jon is a defiant rejection of that same madness.
Jon is vain and prepostrous like all great pop stars.
I don't understand anything about Jon.
But I get it all.
If Tom Waits was a 14 year old girl
And Japanese
And dressed as a dog
And embraced all the extremes of infantilism and puppy love,
He would sound a bit like Jon.
Jon is darker than the dried cattle blood on Johnny Cash's boots
And lighter than a puce Abba bubble.
Jon's back is a great sight when he/she's hunched over the keys.
She'd drive a woodcutter wild.


Philosophy of the World
Philosophy of the World
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Time Their Way, 5 May 2011
This review is from: Philosophy of the World (Audio CD)
I had longed to hear 'Philosophy Of The World'
For years.
Frank Zappa, Jad Fair and Jonathan Richman loved it
But couldn't really describe it
And there is no way to describe The Shaggs
I expected something childlike, maybe something distressed
I never expected the interior logic to be quite so hard to fathom
Their inner logic might be an inner clock
The downstrokes on the guitar and snare are insistent but never accent anything directly
Things appear to speed up and slow down but not necessarily in unison
Rasheed Ali could not replicate the drumming if he tried for a million years
There are moments of intense precision
The singing on Who Are Parents? is extraordinary in its exactness
Dad and brother Shagg's banter on Shagg's Own Thing is the polar opposite
The Shaggs-syntax is at once mannered and natural
There is a definite purpose to everything
But it remains discrete
There is something very difficult about 'Philosophy Of The World'
There are three stages people, especially musicians, go through when they first hear The Shaggs
Stage one: silence - mouth and eyes open in a frieze of shock
Stage two: laughter - disparate parts register and fall in and out of place
Stage three: silence - brows furrow, listening fails to reep any understanding.
The record does become containable in time
They are similar, in the grand scheme of classification, but they are not the same
I can't think of the 1960s or folk music or The Byrds in relation to The Shaggs
I have to tell myself "This is The Shaggs"
This is The Shaggs
They don't fit


Born to Be With You
Born to Be With You
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Love, 5 May 2011
This review is from: Born to Be With You (Audio CD)
Dion Di Mucci wrote '(I Was) Born To Cry' when he was sixteen
On the recording he sings seven bells out of the song
It's in a minor key
And sounds like two legions of pop
Kicking the door in
Then beating you up
I saw him play live a couple of times in 1990
I was right at the front
He wore sunglasses and a discretely peaked cap
And a black leather jacket
Which he took off theatrically at some point
The enormity of his talent made him seem a little inhuman
Like little Michael Jackson singing 'Who's Loving You?'
The precocity almost overwhelms and distances him from the audience
When it should make us stagger and swoon
I had to wait for a while to see if I trusted something this good
I remember him playing 'Make The Woman Love Me'
Which I then searched for on record for 10 years
It's on 'Born To Be With You'
Which Phil Spector lavishly and lovingly built for his idol Dion
It's the Taj Mahal of pop
With bells on
Voices are hard to describe
Dion's voice is like a miraculously cast bell
His singing is utterly fearless
And open
He sounds hurt and proud at the same time
Try singing along with 'Teenager In Love'
Feel how your throat contracts as Dion's seems to get looser, lighter, stronger
The ascents feel physical
The punched stay hit
His phrasing is made to work with lots of non-verbal 'ums' and 'ahs' and 'ers'
'Mwaahz' and 'Yeeejiz'
And trail offs and lead ins
And it is always right
And natural
And distinctively, lastingly Dion
When I think of great voices I think about Clarence Carter,
Gram Parsons, Jackie Moore, Kevin Rowland...
But I always think of Dion Di Mucci as the very best


Scott 4
Scott 4
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Scott, 5 May 2011
This review is from: Scott 4 (Audio CD)
At the time I was told "don't tell anyone this".
This was back in 1991, I think.
I was in a studio painting maps of The Gulf in oil on polythene (thank you tax payers)and playing a Walker Brothers 'Greatest Hits' cassette on my black ITT.
Anya Gallachio heard the music and asked if this was Scott Walker singing.
She said she hadn't heard his music before.
She told me (in confidence) that Mr Engel was studying fine art at Byam Shaw college
And nobody was supposed to know it was really him.
But he looked like a star.
I asked if he wore sunglasses.
She said he did when it was sunny.
I asked if he was a good recluse.
She said that he was.
She told me not to tell anyone.
I could have written to the NME.
I told some friends.
Some of them were impressed.
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Don't Stand Me Down
Don't Stand Me Down

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And Dexys Were Number One, 5 May 2011
This review is from: Don't Stand Me Down (Audio CD)
It's a test
Do you love the man?
Put your palm on the love tester
On the golden mile
I reckon it'll run red hot
I bought 'Don't Stand Me Down' in Thessaloniki
Turned it over six times in my hands and thought it a risk
Walked the wrong way to the bus station
Through a neighbourhood with a sodden dead cat in the gutter
Sunday night
White marble floor, smell of calor gas
Played it and felt scared
Had to get to the final part of 'This Is What She's Like', track 2, before I knew
It was a masterpiece
Let me go back further
Me and my brother
A picnic on Cannock Chase
On the old barrack foundations with grassy seams
We played tennis with Nanna & Grandad Gilmore
And 'Come On Eileen' seemed to be on the radio all afternoon
The teak transistor
Grandad turned it up really loud
A running gag
Until Nanna shushed him
"Jim! Pack it in"
A hot summer afternoon
A Saturday
And Dexys were number one
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