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A staccato study in melancholy
, 18 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Words For You (Audio CD)
Don't give this to your granny for Christmas unless you want her to commit suicide.
I also heard Geoffrey Palmer reading an excerpt on the radio and thought that it would be a great gift for an elderly relative.
The crystal case is not sealed so I took the opportunity of listening to the cd before wrapping it up, and I'm afraid that I'm going to be looking for a different gift for gran. The poems are, in the main, beautifully read and the music is lovely. However, most of the poems are fairly short and they are very close together so that when one finishes another starts pretty much immediately. As far as the poetry is concerned this would be OK, but we get the situation where the backing music stops and we go straight into another composition. Very frustrating if one of your favourite pieces is being played, stops, and then another piece starts up as a new poem is read. OK, I suppose, for those with a short attention span, but I feel that it might have been better if we had a longer musical piece with maybe a sequence of poems being read over it.
However, the main theme of the poems seemed to be death, and this I found extremely depressing. There is plenty of upbeat poetry around but this cd is lacking in that.
This is a good product if you want to dip in and hear an occasional poem being read, but if you intend to listen to it all the way through then make sure there are no sharp knives around.
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