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4.0 out of 5 stars The Spinning top
Graham Coxon's latest album is a marked change from the punk pop charge of his last couple of records....The spinning top is dominated by strikingly beautiful and original instrumentation ...with some trade mark Coxon guitar noise employed at key moments for maximun impact...
The most pleasing aspect to the album is Coxon's approach to his vocals...On Happiness in...
Published on 19 Aug. 2009 by C. Heaney

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3.0 out of 5 stars hype free zone
Apologies for just three stars but i dont want to over hype this latest body of work from graham coxon , i have gone out in the past and bought music on the strength of over enthusiastic reviews in the past and being hugely disappointed , however i really do like this cd and its one i will play over and over , as some previous reviews point out , great to listen to late...
Published on 18 Jun. 2009 by Anthony J


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4.0 out of 5 stars The Spinning top, 19 Aug. 2009
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Graham Coxon's latest album is a marked change from the punk pop charge of his last couple of records....The spinning top is dominated by strikingly beautiful and original instrumentation ...with some trade mark Coxon guitar noise employed at key moments for maximun impact...
The most pleasing aspect to the album is Coxon's approach to his vocals...On Happiness in Magazines the balance between pop and snarl was almost perfect..But on Love travels at illegal speeds the snarl was beginning to take over from the fragility which makes his voice so unique...Thankfully for the spinning top that balance has been fully restorded and the listeners empathy can fully return to these moving songs...
Next up Coxon has promised 21st century music.. I for one can't wait : hopefully the vocal approach taken on this enchanting record can be filtered into his next release......
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4.0 out of 5 stars Live Performance in Hertford, 8 May 2009
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I saw Graham's trio last night in Hertford. He only played tracks from this album and it is more of a mellow affair, but still with some kick to it. It may be a cliché these days, but the sound was evocative of Nick Drake in places; intricate acoustic guitar pick, double bass and effortless vocals. Great to see him break into an unexpected alto-sax (?) on one track. He declined requests for older music, like Freaking Out as he claimed he couldn't do it justice because "Mr. Gibson" was at home. I'm glad he resisted the urge, he's clearly proud of this and so he should be. Looking forward to the album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music At Its Best, 9 Jun. 2009
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This is quality music. Acoustic guitar for the most part but blending effortlessly into rock riffs from time to time.
Great vocals too. Listen to it. BUY IT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Angel's Wings in Cool Night Air..., 11 May 2009
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I have to admit to being surprised to discover that this release will be Coxon's seventh solo album. He's clearly been beavering away at a productive rate of knots since parting with Blur. Some of his past albums have been scratchy, lo-fi assortments, all of which have nevertheless each contained some gems that shine as brightly as any from his time with Blur - tracks such as Flights to the Sea, and Bittersweet Bundle of Misery.

It's ironic however, given his welcoming back into the Blur fold for a full Summer band reunion, that he may have now released what could be his most commercially successful solo album yet.

The press release from Coxon quotes him as wanting to find a new way of using acoustic instruments, without them being soppy or nice. He has clearly gone back to English greats such as John Martyn and Nick Drake to find influence for the production in these songs - neat and elegant finger picking, flourishes of piano, and an undercurrent of double bass featuring in many tracks. Of course, we're also never too far from Syd Barrett with Caspian Sea and Far from Everything.

However, this is not pastiche - Coxon is a very mature songwriter, and he manages to sustain a very powerful atmosphere of wistfulness, hope, fragility, pensiveness, sometimes melancholia, but always great warmth and humanity throughout this album, which demands to be heard in its completeness, from start to finish. It's one of those albums that will sound great late on a Summer's night - Look into the Light captures the joyous spirit of Nick Drake as well as anyone I have heard attempt this. In the Morning really is a beautiful modern take of a joyous early John Martyn song like Over the Hill, with the refrain 'An angel's wings in cool night air', which is what this whole album sounds like to my ears.

I feel a little ashamed that I didn't fully credit Graham Coxon as a national English musical treasure before. Better late than never!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sublime acoustic masterpiece, 12 May 2009
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P. J. Breach "Pippo La Breche" (Fareham, Hampshire) - See all my reviews
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A beautiful, folky, (gently psychedelic at times)
album of astounding virtuosity.
Man, the guy can play!
A sublime acoustic masterpiece,
And the sound of summer nights to come.
Ahh, bring 'em on!
Purchase & enjoy. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better & Better, 13 May 2009
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M. K. Edgar "Garage Flower" (Sheffield) - See all my reviews
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Mr Coxon continues to impress with what is, guitar wise, his strongest album to date. Other reviews have mentioned a late sunny evening setting as being an appropriate mood for listening and I would have to agree. There are many stand out moments but as with Spiritualised's Ladies and Gentleman and the Jarvis Cocker Record, the effects are best felt when swallowed whole. Strangely for any album these days it gets stronger as it goes on, Look Into the Light is a great opener but from the middle on it simply steps up to a new found quality. Dead Bees is as strong a song in effect as any solo album of the Blur family have managed but Feel Alright (nodding to Battery In Your Leg though distinctly happier)is a tour de force. Sorrows Army as a choice of single makes sense, a strong song and a northern soul second half makes it as interesting as it is accessbile.

In all another great top notch addition to the Graham Coxon catalogue which is at least the equal if not exceeds his previous creative high of the Kiss of Morning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a grower, 28 Nov. 2009
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J. Caulton "Johnny C" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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This album has some very good tracks, a lot of them dominated by Coxon's distinctive acoustic guitar playing. Coxon's love of Syd Barrett and great British acoustic guitarists have inspired him to produce an album that's full of gentle English psychedelia. It sounds better with each play.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In the morning, 27 July 2010
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Ok, came across this album through seeing a Blur documentary on BBC3 the other week and found this "Graham Coxon an intriguing character...So did a search on Youtube and fell upon this song "In the morning". Instantly loved the song so rushed out (to Amazon) and bought the Spinning Top cd.
This album is THE DOGS DUFERS!...Get it..OK.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, 9 July 2009
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Pure beauty. One out of 5 records for the island. This guy is a genius.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gravy Booby, 21 Jan. 2010
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Kevin Dermott (Oldham UK) - See all my reviews
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Strawberry fleas forever!!!, I love the way the purple smoke clouds come out of the cd player every time I put it on , my invisible friend from Mars also likes it, cool!, Rave on !, Peace!! harry krismas,
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