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5.0 out of 5 stars "Spectral avant- C&W" and the bonus material makes this a five star release., 26 Oct. 2009
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russell clarke "stipesdoppleganger" (halifax, west yorks) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: XYZ (Audio CD)
Moose have been credited by some as being the first band to be called "shoegazers" which was inspired by an early gig of theirs at which singer Russell Yates read lyrics taped to the floor. This album , their debut , though saw the band lean towards a more pop tinged straight forward traditional indie type rock with a bit of country thrown in for good measure .Of that ilk XYZ is fine if a tad insipid in places.
Songs like "Little Bird " , "Polly " ,"High Flying Bird " showcase a proclivity for sweet melodies , fastidious arrangements and some nice abstruse touches .The treated guitar on the cover of Nilsson's Everybody's Talkin' , the filtered strings on the lovely "Sometimes Loving Is The Hardest Thing " ,the queasy phased backdrop to the elementally unfussy strum of "Screaming " and the all over the place diaphanous stands of the cosmic yeaning tile track also prove that Moose were also still enthralled with the sonic possibilities of music.
So to that end XYZ is probably worth purchasing on it's own merits. However if you want to hear Moose at their absolute peak the bonus tracks taken from two of their early E.P,s are what makes this re-issue absolutely essential. Starting with tracks from the "Reprise " E.P(1991) this contains the scabrous guitar wash of "Last Night I fell Again " and the swirling eddies of "Do You Remember ?" which amalgamates Kitchens Of Distinction with the oceanic glow of AR Kane. Then there is the extraordinary ballad "This River Never Will Run Dry " ,a song as tender and humanely earnest as anything in the expansive musical canon.
Then there are the songs from their debut E.P. "Jack " (1991) with the freeze flayed guitars of the title track the glistening churning sonic architecture of "Ballad Of Adam And Eve ", from the "Cool Breeze E.P.(1991 also ,they were incredibly productive that year ) the attenuated jagged chords of Suzanne ( before the blurry freak out ending ) and the drowsy treacly "Butterfly Collector " ( before the blurry freak out ending ) .Defunct music magazine Melody Maker ( who turned me on to most things in those days ) described XYZ as "Spectral avant- C&W" and that Moose were "The calm in the eye of the storm and the storm too" which actually makes sense when you hear them .And hear them you should . Like a lot of guitar groups from the late eighties /early nineties Moose were a band with their sights fixed firmly on further horizons and they were heading there ...fast.
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