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I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us [VINYL] ~ Saltland
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Saltland..., 9 Jun 2013
...needs a bit more spice

I bought this album because of good reviews in music magazines and because of the intriguing artwork of the sleeve of the vinyl version.

OK, so building on relatively simply musical ideas can result in stunningly beautiful music. This is what Philip Glass or Steve Reich are all about. It forms the basis of much of what is disparagingly called Krautrock, too. Fuer Immer from Neu 2 is Exhibit A, here. A very basic musical idea but Dinger and Rother transform it into an organic, pulsating 11-minute masterpiece.

Why do all of these pieces "work"? I think it's because of the rhythm which propels each of these pieces forward - a perpetuum… Read more
Blood Speaks ~ Smoke Fairies
Blood Speaks ~ Smoke Fairies
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars File under: unfileable, 1 April 2013
Are the Smoke Fairies a folk band? Are they a blues band? Can they be pigeonholed as Americana?

The answer to the last question is an unequivocal "no". Smoke Fairies are English and, although slide guitars and the minor pentatonic scale are to be found in their songs, their music has little to do with Americana/ country (which, if we are honest, are feeble attempts at re-branding country music).

This really is unclassifiable music. A melding of folk and blues underpinned by plangent harmonies created by two exquisite voices.

I first saw them supporting Bryan Ferry on his lamentable Dylanesque tour. They were good then, but listen to them… Read more
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
...terrible production.

I bought this on 180g vinyl rather than CD because, it is a truth universally acknowledged, that analogue is better than digital.

These are great RT songs without question but they are saddled with a muddy, one-dimensional sound which make for a hard, even fatiguing, listen. The vinyl comes with a download voucher, so I tried digital version, but it's no better.

Compare this leaden soundscape with the recent RT broadcast "Goodbye Television Centre" which features many of these songs. The sound is superb and allows you to appreciate how wonderful these songs really are (and what an outstandingly brilliant guitarist Thompson is...but… Read more