Great, another new(ish) Durrutti Column record!! Oh there's always a special twinge of anticipation every time I excitedly get my mitts on a new Durruti Column record...As if this new offering could perhaps be the one to match The Guitar and other Machines or Vini Reilly.
The last three or four albums;(Rebellion, Someone Else's Party, Keep Breathing)have all been sequenced in such a way so that my high hopes are pretty much met in the first two tracks.
This is the case On Idiot Savants- Better Must Come and Interleukin (for Anthony) are focused, innovative and often moving melodic ideas, brilliantly realised. They are simply stunningly beautiful. Classical and modern they demonstrate that Vini is still a magical guitarist. And then it starts to unravel.
So what's goes wrong? Well these two gems are followed by the aptly named Please Let Me Sleep and an assortment of tracks that then drag on in a torpid stupour that's sadly rather too full of aimless noodling. I wish for a start the lovely Mr Bruce Mithcell could step up and play his scintilating and often understated jazzy drums rather more often. He's far better than the sound of an unsympathetic drum-machine chundering away. Vini's "singing" certainly allows us to feel his pain, but I'm not sure I actually want to hear it for half an hour or so. The instrumental arangements are always the best anyway, and I love the use of sampled choir on DC's stuff. Latterly too many tracks sound aimlessly improvised rather than being carefully considered compositions. IF you could take the best ten tracks from the last five albums (exept for the irradeamably bad Tempus Fugit) you'd have a great record.
Needless to say, I'm still waiting for the real return of the Durruti Column.