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5.0 out of 5 stars
Wow, I think...., 7 Aug. 2002
Intially, The Sky Is Too High comes across as a bit scary. The squealing acoustic feedback and industrial noise sounds like something you'd expect to come from Blur's 13.
The intro track, That's All I Wanna Do starts as an upbeat accoustic, wanton love song. Then it explodes into dischordant, lo-fi and powerful noise. All the time, Graham's wonderfully fragile voice wails and warbles all over it. Other tracks, such as I Wish, follow this trend, or the lovely In A Salty Sea buck it, with a gentle accoustic strum. Graham's Telecasters don't get much use untill you hear the wonderfully crazy Who The F***, which shows the direction that some songs in Crow Sit In Blood Tree would take. Raw and fast, it's the demented Rocker Coxon punctuated Blur's Blur with spiky, demonic riffs.
Not to forget the fantastic Mornin' Blues.. a track which you could repeat forever. While hardly setting a musical precedent, it does show Graham's love of the different genres and his mastery of other instruments. His vocals seem geniune and heartfelt. It's a perfect companion to Blur's last two albums.
It's hard at times to reconcile the mop-haired, lanky guitarist who belted out "Popscene" with what you hear here. That, however, is more of a compliment than anything else.
Tricky to get into, but very rewarding once you do. Proof, if any were needed, that Coxon is one of the UK's most talented musicians of his era.