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5.0 out of 5 stars am i the only one who..
it is an act of continous listening (not to be listened to in anything but the whole) which covers all emotions and is also as enjoyable as when first heard when certainly i was young. The world music element was in advance of it's time. the cover is also one of the best. it is in my top five albums. (three?)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Should Have Been So Much Better
Nirvana had been around the London music scene since the late 60's, creating psychedelia albums of cult status. By the time of recording Local Anaesthetic, Nirvana had slimmed down to a one man project - founder Patrick Campbell-Lyons. In the original album notes that accompany the CD he states that this album marked the real birth of Nirvana, although it was 'mentally...
Published on 27 Feb 2008 by A. B. Kennedy


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Should Have Been So Much Better, 27 Feb 2008
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Nirvana had been around the London music scene since the late 60's, creating psychedelia albums of cult status. By the time of recording Local Anaesthetic, Nirvana had slimmed down to a one man project - founder Patrick Campbell-Lyons. In the original album notes that accompany the CD he states that this album marked the real birth of Nirvana, although it was 'mentally un-balanced'. It was released on the Vertigo label, and if you are familiar with the Vertigo band Gracious, then you'll have an idea of how this album sounds. It composes of 2 tracks, although the second has been broken into it's 5 component parts on the CD track listing. The first track 'Modus Operandi' has been built up from various musical snippets, similar in approach to the first Gracious album. A soft flute passage will suddenly jump into a boogie rock piece, and then cut to some harpsichord, with no real musical theme connecting any of the different elements. This doesn't necessarily have to be a criticism if the different elements grab your attention, but too much of the music in Modus Operandi just passes you by. It should also be said that Patrick isn't a great vocalist. Again not necessarily a criticism in itself, as some of my most favourite singers from the 70's didn't exactly fit the normal classic vocalist role - but the sections with lyrics feel as if they bog down the inventiveness of some of the instrumental passages.

And this theme continues into the second track Home. It starts with some fabulous almost voodoo sounding congo drums. Then stops. And a harpsichord comes in for no obvious reason, followed by Patrick on vocals again. Unfortunately the greater use of vocals and a more structured song based approach actually makes Home the weaker of the two tracks, in my humble opinion.

Hmmm. I really wanted to love this album, but I think it's destined to remain one for Vertigo completists only.
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1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish album, fantastic cover., 19 Mar 2010
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The biggest disapointment with this overlong, two track album, is how low patrick campbell-lyons has fallen since his earlier nirvana work. BUT the miniature gatefold c.d. cover is a fantastic example of early 1970's vertigo label artwork.bril.
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5.0 out of 5 stars am i the only one who.., 30 Sep 2009
it is an act of continous listening (not to be listened to in anything but the whole) which covers all emotions and is also as enjoyable as when first heard when certainly i was young. The world music element was in advance of it's time. the cover is also one of the best. it is in my top five albums. (three?)
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