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...One Star? ONE STAR?
on 13 April 2012
I think it's great when an artist who makes pop (or in Chapman's case, folk) boils over, tired of making commercial music, and just goes and makes something plain weird. The Resurrection and Revenge of Clayton Peacock (Superb name, by the way) is one of those albums. Though I'll have to admit that I've never actually bought an album of his aside from this, I'm told that his music is very traditional folk - not here. If this is the case, then it is to Chapman, what Unfinished Music was to John Lennon, or even what Metal Machine Music is to Lou Reed - a piece of art so far removed from the normal, that a great many people just couldn't take it. However, I come to this album as a lover of experimental music, and one that isn't expecting/wanting some good ol' traditional folk. Coming at it from this angle, it is - in a nutshell - brilliant. The first fifteen minutes or so are taken up with feedback drenched electric guitar, not a particularly heavy sound, and not, surprisingly, an overwhelmingly intense one, but instead an all engulfing, deeply meditative one. Dark, echoey knocks and bangs, start to appear, and then subtle bass meanders into existence. This isn't to last however as the second track, forms an, if anything, even less musical sound that before...
All-encompassing, yet, again, suberbly subtle feedback form the basis for random noises, disembodied, eratic noises - and so it continues.
Basically, this isn't an album for the narrow minded fan who wants more of the same, but instead for the more discerning listener. For many, this could be a step too far into the realms of oddness, but for those willing to give it a go - I whole heartedly recommend it - and this will definitely be appearing on my "Top 30 albums of 2012" list.
In regards to the person who said that (and I quote directly) "the 'tunes'(?) are untitled and that the cd sleeve (very cheap and nasty) tells us nothing" - Wrong on both counts, there, I'm afraid - track one is called the 'Resurrection of Clayton Peacock' and track two is called the 'Revenge of Clayton Peacock'. As for the packaging, it's actually really nice - a beautiful rustic, hand finished texture on the cardboard - like it was made out of recycled card or something, and a nice inner sleeve to keep the CD safe - all in all, not as aforementioned review said, cheap and nasty.