on 1 July 2003
If you are already familiar with WGC and own their albums, this review will come as no surprise to you. Regard the End is a natural progression from the Mojave and Everythings Fine albums and shows how really great bands just get better and better. Here Robert Fisher's emotive, deep oak voice is right to the fore and sounds magnificent. If you have not heard WGC before, but like artists ranging from Nick Cave to Tindersticks to Lambchop, Steve Earle & 16 Horsepower you must buy this album. These are songs that really mean something, death is a constant theme but this album is uplifting rather than depressing. If you want an album that you can put on late at night when you are feeling mellow after a few glasses, then this is it - don't expect a barrel of laughs but do expect to be deeply moved. I challenge you not to feel the hairs on the back of your neck rise when you hear the opening strains of the Suffering Song, possibly the greatest song they have ever recorded. Other highlights, well they are all stunning but The Trials of Harrison Hayes, Ghost Of The Girl in the Well and Fare Thee Well are all awesome. Fisher's vocals (and lyrics) are simply overwelming throughout and the musicianship is of the highest quality. If you want songs of love & death just buy this album, you won't regret it - then buy Mojave & Everythings Fine - then go & see them live, you know it makes sense! Don't forget, sufferings gonna come to everyone, someday.
on 7 July 2003
Given that the subject matter is Death, this is a surprisingly upbeat album. I regard the marvellous Mojave as one of the finest albums in my collection. Regard The End has a different feel, but in its own way is a masterpiece. Its a mixture of reworked traditional songs and new material penned by Robert Fisher. 'River in the pines' (Nick Cave eat your heart out) and 'Rosalee' would be worth the price of the CD themselves, but the rest of the album is also superb.
on 11 November 2003
This is a quality slice of 'Southern Gothic' that moves from the country folk of 'River in The Pines' to the Lambchop-like richness of 'Soft Hand'. Songs of loss and sorrow, hauntings and poverty roll by without a flicker of irony but variations in tempo and background make a cohesive whole that is always interesting. Compared to their last (Mojave) this album is a real step up, more varied and consistent. Highly recomended-my album of the year.
on 19 February 2013
Quite simply a corker. Intriguing, melodic, mesmeric, unusual, dark, light and fabulous. I strongly recomend a listen with the lights low and no distraction. Stories will be told and worlds will unfold. Try it it is a fine piece of aural scorcery!