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Tepid Peppermint Wonderland - A Retrospective
Tepid Peppermint Wonderland - A Retrospective

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5.0 out of 5 stars TPW is great but there are even greater things around, 18 Oct 2007
Bought the album a while ago, having read many positive reviews of BJM from folks who seem to like same acts as I (Robyn Hitchcock, Guided By Voices, The Coral, Sun Dial, Dandy Warhols, Green Pajamas, Grant Lee Phillips, Apples In Stereo, Bardo Pond, Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips, TV On The Radio etc etc.). Since then I have also listened most of the "regular" BJM albums. So.

1) Generally I don't consider myself a person that's too easy to impress. Still, I've come to the firm conclusion that Anton is a true genius indeed, whatever he is as a person. How can its band still remain relatively unknown to public, I just can't fathom.

2) BJM is NOT a bit a rehash of the psychedelic music of the 60s. It may be inspired by that psychedelia and bear the same freewheeling mood but it's a modern, fresh, original music.

3) TPW is mostly intended to be an introduction and as such it's a pretty good one indeed. Sufficient for a novice to become converted. It is also easier to find in your nearest CD shop, i.e. if you urgently need a gift it'll make an excellent one.

4) The true magic of the best BJM albums (Take It From The Man, Their Satanic Majesties 2nd Request) is their absolute coherence. They just put a spell on you and you won't want to stop listening until the end. Sounds dated but that's simply true.

5) Get this album, give a listen, spare for a friend who's still in the dark about BJM's greatness. Rush out and buy _at_least_ these three CDs: "Take It From The Man", "Their Satanic Majesties Second Request", "Strung Out In Heaven". Restricted to just a single CD, your first choice should be "Take It From The Man". But quite possibly you'll want many more.
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