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'An Engaging, Challenging And Entertaining Listen'
on 2 June 2007
I was rather late getting into Julian Cope. Sure I liked the hits he had when he was with the Teardrop Explodes, but after that I'd pretty much ignored him until I heard his 'Try, Try, Try' single. Having bought and liked that singles parent album '20 Mothers' I was hooked! "Interpreter' was the album that followed '20 Mothers' and in it's own way it's every bit as good. Singles 'I Come From Another Planet Baby' (never a truer word was spoken!) and the more acoustic and 60's tinged 'Plantary Sit In' see Cope in more commercial mode and are all the better for it. Most of the lyrics have new-age sentiments and I doubt I will ever understand Cope but tracks such as these help to bridge the divide and keep you interested and somehow keep you wanting to know more. Also commercial and accessable are 'Since I Lost My Head, It's Awl-Right' and 'Iv'e Got My TV & My Pills'. Rather more crazy but fun are the insessant 'Cheap New-Age Fix' and equally hilariously bizarre 'S.P.A.C.E.R.O.C.K With Me' that features a rather 'spaced out' lady opera singer!
The middle of the set see's Cope in 'arty noodling mode' and 'The Battle For The Trees' and 'Arthur Drugstore' are songs maybe you need to be on Cope's wavelength to understand. On the whole though the album hangs together well and Cope's drift from commerciality to new-age and back again helps to make the album an interesting listen. I might not understand the man or his lyrics but listen to 'Interpreter' and give it your best shot. I know one thing, Julian Cope is most definitely someone I'd like to meet for a beer and a chat!