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Reasonable to Good
on 8 May 2007
This is a tricky one, and all the more reason to attempt to review it. Browsing the existing reviews on this album would indicate to anyone that the listening public are quite divided on the quality of this release. Firstly, I can agree with some sentiments expressed below that initially there seemed to be something missing. I felt somewhat short-changed by Intercept! when I bought it - without knowing why. Looking back now, I can say that 9 and a half of the 11 tracks range from reasonable to very good.
The part of my brain that classifies music into small boxes and stores them between my ears still delivers the remaining 1.5 tracks to the small room marked `crap' at the back of the skull, no matter how many times I play them. The half track in question is To Be Loved, specifically the first 2 minutes 14 seconds of it - (the remaining 2 minutes 10 seconds are excellent). But the main offender that my brain refuses to warm to is `Waiting for You'. I can't stand it - this track has me scrambling for the skip button every time.
Highpoints - as usual there are some breathtaking pieces of music, As seen from Space, Breakfast at 80,000ft. and Exercise 7 are all very worthy Bent tracks. Even the initial dislike of Tired of the Show dissipated as I looked in my rear view mirror and saw my kids in the back seat singing along to this after a few listens- always a sure sign of a good track.
So, does this review make anything clearer? I'm not sure. All I can say is that the fact that one of the tracks is absolutely horrendous and makes it difficult to play the album right through, shouldn't dissuade you from the album as a whole. Can I recommend anything else? If you don't have it already, try Bent's Later mix album on Seamless. If you do, try Revolvo - Killing time between Meals on TummyTouch.