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5.0 out of 5 stars Vini gives us one of his best...., 18 April 2006
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John David Charles Hilton "Creative spark...." (Redcliffe, Bristol United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Keep Breathing (Audio CD)
Vini has always produced good albums, but every so often he pulls off something special. 'The Return of...', 'Vini Reilly', 'Time Was Gigantic...' are obvious examples... And to that list we can now add 'Keep Breathing'... One of his most assured albums it covers most of the bases he has visited over his long career. Filigree guitars, those vocals, now more delicate than ever, rock out portions, samples, varied percussion... what more could a DC fan want? The 7 minute 'Let Me Tell You Something' fairly bursts from the speakers... 'Tuesday' is one of his finest songs... 'Lunch' features that familiar acoustic guitar work that we have loved for all those years... and there are many more examples of it throughout this album... But it's the layering of textures that sets this one apart... Rarely has Vini sounded this impeccable... Agnus Dei flows in unassumingly, with simple guitar figures and sparse vocals from Helen Farley-Jones but, given time, emerges as thing of great beauty... The delectable 'Waiting', full of longing and featuring probably Vini's finest vocal to date, makes for a perfect closer... the layered guitars as it climbs to a climax are staggering...

The Best Of collection is probably the most obvious beginning to any DC collection, but this would also make for a good starting point...
If you're a DC fan who's thinking you have enough DC albums already, you NEED this one...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh breath of modernity, 3 Mar 2006
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This review is from: Keep Breathing (Audio CD)
Vini Reilly and the Durutti Column have long been recognised by those in the know as creators of inspired and sensitive music driven by an amazing guitar playing ability, and with lyrics infused with the sensitivity of the Mancunian soul.
Keep Breathing is possibly their most accessible album for many years, it seems largely due to the flavour lent by the much more modern production style, samples and guest vocals. This album may at last be the vehicle for the brilliance of Vini's musicianship to be shared with the wide audience it deserves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fragile maverick Vini Reilly returns with a beautiful album of emotional honesty and gorgeous guitar..., 3 Oct 2007
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C. O'Brien (Scotland, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Keep Breathing (Audio CD)
Ever since debut album The Return Of The Durutti Column was released on vinyl in a sleeve made of sandpaper, the band's only permanent member Vini Reilly has seemed a touch self-destructive about his music. He recently told a British journalist that his previous CDs are " all dismal failures, I'd never consider picking them up and listening to them." And despite being a hero to such luminaries as Flea, The Edge and Brian Eno he shuns the limelight and finds reviews like this one "meaningless".

It's easy to forgive such eccentricity when you listen to music as lovely as this. Even its creator dares to admit that it might be " the first good album I've ever done." Reilly's voice has never been his strong point, but his plaintive tones hover uncertainly round guitar playing of such astonishing beauty that it literally takes the breath away - especially on the spellbinding Lunch, the intricate Neil and the gorgeous, lush Helen. Many of these tracks are named after people, presumably people Reilly knows: the lovely Maggie samples part of the ghostly Scots folksong She Moved Through The Fair, though it never quite reaches the lyric's painful conclusion. Maybe the song is a farewell to Maggie McFarlane, to whose memory the album is dedicated.

Reilly is less convincing when politically motivated - like many others (Nick Drake, Kate Bush) for whom music is a primary language, his lyrics are clumsy next to the articulacy of his playing and in songs like Gun and Big Hole, this doesn't help him put over something as prosaic as politics. But his ability to evoke an emotional landscape is astonishing, and this album casts a spell which lingers long after the music has stopped.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SHIMMERING DELICATE DEFIANT UNEARTHLY, 29 Mar 2006
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R. Macgregor (Edinburgh) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Keep Breathing (Audio CD)
WHO'S THE DURITTI COLUMN?
Vini Reilly (The Duritti Colum) is a virtuoso musician of great talent. His guitar is the tool he uses to connect his soul to the world.

He makes albums that are vibrantly colourful aural tapestries, intricately woven and deeply infused in emotional resonance that shifts and changes throughout his pieces in a mercurial fashion - as unpredictable and surprising as the British weather.

Reilly is The Real Deal. By that I mean a musician who, when you ask for references to his sound, there are none, because his unique sound is so much his own. In this way he should be seen as a british institution. To give you an idea of how important he could be, Brian Eno has cited The Return Of The Duritti Column as one of his favourite albums ever.
He has been around for quite some time now, and has made many albums honing and mastering his signature intstrumental guitar mood pieces.

WHATS THIS ALBUM LIKE THEN?

For me the most exiting thing about this album, and what sets it apart from his previous work is the use of iconic samples that provide wonderful counterpoints to the music.
There is an dynamism and tension that exists between the cut+paste samples and the sumptuously crafted and intuitively meandering layered syrupy guitar work. For example a well structured chorus will provide the hook in the track around which reilly weaves his charming and deeply affecting treated guitar. Improvised, classically beautiful and enchanting, this lifts you up into blissfull reverie... so by the time you finally return to the sample you wonder how possibly can these two elements inhabit the same song. Then before you know it the hook kicks in and (in the way that one might respond to the way a skilled dj segueing two unlikely tracks together)theres a feeling of yeeeaaahrrrs - Nice One My Son.

WHY HAVENT MORE PEOPLE HEARD ABOUT THE DURITTI COLUMN?

In terms of marketing Vinni likes to keep things lo-fi and indie (check his website to see how un-flashy he keeps things). The cover of this album is nondescript and unnassuming.Sure the duritti columns music doesn't scream at you but his work justifies artwork with more presence and majesty.
I personally don't subscribe to this "humble pie" artisan approach to image, and I find it deeply frustrating that someone with a talent of this magnitude is given so little exposure.
However when you first chance upon his music it does rather feel like you've un-eathered some rare, ancient gem.

THE GIANT WITHIN:
Reilly is a small bloke. He has a frail, delicate voice. But he doesn't need to shout loud to be heard, because he speaks defiantly from atop vast mountainous plateaus of shimmering beauty he has built with his layered guitar. Truth. Beauty. Poetry. Its powerful, spiritual music.

HOW CAN YOU QUANTIFY SOMETHING LIKE THIS WHEN IT SPEAKS VOLUMES ON SO MANY LEVELS - OK THEN I'LL TRY...

**** - WHY???
(1) This album is not a masterwork instantly enjoyable and accessable to everyone. It is however the work of a rare talent. In partaking in the act of listening to such sparkling virtuosity, one is enabled to connect with echos of the eternal, right in the here and now.

Dear Fellow music lovers, keep your ears to the ground, your head in the clouds and your hands in the air.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real return to form, 25 Feb 2006
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This review is from: Keep Breathing (Audio CD)
I think that this is Vini's best album since the wonderful 'Sex and Death'...gorgeous sounds...heartfelt tunes and some of the best guitar playing you are likely to hear this year.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album and a half - excellent, 15 May 2006
This review is from: Keep Breathing (Audio CD)
I am addicted to this album, it really get under your skin and i wouldn't hesitate in recommend this album to anyone. Easy listening but with the guitar skills and imagination you come to expect from Vini. In the words of god from 24hr party people "listen to vini reilly its good music to chill out to".

I agree
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