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4.0 out of 5 stars Bolan in transition, 21 Jan 2003
This review is from: Tanx (Audio CD)
This is something of a transitional album between the traditional T.Rex sound of the Slider and the experimentation of Zinc Alloy. A wider range of sounds, arrangements and instruments are used than on previous albums, with the mellotron, piano and saxophones being well up in the mix. The album contains some great tracks such as Tenement Lady with Bolan at his warbling best, the seemingly out of key Broken Hearted Blues, the magnificent Electric Slim, the sax fuelled Street and Babe Shadow and imploring Highway Knees. The gospel-tinged Lefthand Luke is one of Bolan's longest tracks and a bit over sincere. On the down side there are several tracks which are Bolan-by-numbers and frankly irritating, in particular Country Honey, Shock Rock and Mad Donna. Had the original album contained the brilliant singles Children of the Revolution and 20th Century Boy as well as the some their b-sides, such as Free Angel and Jitterbug Love, instead of the aforementioned tracks, this album would have been up there with Electric Warrior and the Slider. As this album contains all these and more as bonus tracks, you can pre-programme your own perfect Tanx!Tanx

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