5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Whimsy, retro, fresh as a daisy,
This review is from: Witchazel [VINYL] (Vinyl)
This album really is a work of art. As Matt Berry's side project from being hilarious, one doesn't get the sense of any commercial aspirations here, just a garden shed project.
There are some lovely sounds on this album, Berry carefully crafts and coaxes the simplest of ideas into big sounding, nostalgia inducing tunes. The Pheasant is a definite favourite, with little references to Genesis' Selling England by the Pound and Pink Floyd's Animals whilst the song remains far more humble than some of the 70s prog albums' overblown pretensions. Witchazel features a slightly tongue in cheek set of lyrics which recall some of the best in 60s psychedelia without mocking it at all, and includes a very funny Paul McCartney guest spot (how did Berry wangle that one?!)
The Observer gave this album an average review, saying it fails to enchant or amuse. This strikes me as the opinion of someone who just doesn't "get it" -: if I had to pick two words to some up this album, they would be "amusing" and "enchanting"