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This review is from: Songs And Other Things (Audio CD)
Let's face it, if Tom Verlaine couldn't come up with a decent collection of songs after 14 years then he really wouldn't deserve the chance to ever make a record again ... that said, this is unquestionably one of his better solo efforts, perhaps most closely resembling the excellent Cover from the mid-1980s, and probably his best record since then.
Despite simultaneously issuing a whole album of instrumentals (Around), he starts and ends the album with instrumentals, but the rest is all songs, and in general they're pretty good. As ever, TV's vocals are far better in the studio than live. Perhaps there's less in the way of guitar fireworks than some fans would like, but when he does branch out on the guitar, he certainly hasn't lost his touch, though there is nothing resembling the extended soloing found on the likes of Marquee Moon. But if you like his songs, this is a very good album, quite varied in mood and style, varying from pretty to quite ominous and even aggressive in one or two places, with some quite evil guitar sounds. It's also superbly recorded - the bass is fat and true and everything has considerable presence on a good stereo.
Although this may not be the best place to start (though not a bad one) if you don't already have any of his records - that's always going to be Television's debut Marquee Moon - it's nevertheless extremely welcome evidence that one of the most individual talents in rock over the last 30 years is still firing on all cylinders.