on 23 November 2008
As an avid devotee of Henry Cow, I never found this album to be as exhilariting as the others. But as the years have rolled on, I've found more and more to like about it.
It was Henry Cow's second record, and features for the first time the bassoon of Lindsay Cooper - an instrument which instantly sets the tone for this whole record. John Greaves' piano, especially on the classic Half Asleep Half Awake, also characterises it, as does the barely composed tracks on the final 4 tracks ( a result, so legend has it, of limited studio time necessitating group improvisation). Perhaps the hurriedness of the last 4 tracks were a detraction for me, but listening to the barely composed Deluge again now, I can see what's so great about this group - it builds up beautifully and trails off both unexpectantly and magically. Like most of Henry Cow's music, you just never knew where it was heading - even after haering it many times.
on 5 February 2006
Actually for me ranges from brilliant & overwhelming to dull & underwhelming. But the great bits really are SO good that this should get at least ten out of five anyway...
The end section of Ruins is among the most beautiful & moving pieces of music I know.
Buy it or borrow it, do get to hear it.
on 13 October 2010
(Note: This review refers to the East Side Digital reissue!!). This has to be the quietest CD I know. I had reason to 'rip' a track off it the other day and had to increase the volume by FOUR times to get it up to modernday CD sound levels. Worse still, the beautiful piano intro to 'Half Asleep Half Awake' sounds like it's been heavily compressed.
Yes you get two bonus tracks (which are loud by comparison, but even more 'uneasy listening' than the released LP) but buyers should stick to the RER (UK) reissue, on Chris Cutler's label.