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5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Overlooked Electro-Rock Album, 4 Sept. 2002
This review is from: In the Garden (Audio CD)
This album had been bugging me for years after I withdrew it from the local library once, without making a decent copy, largely due to the immensely catchy "She's Invisible Now", so I got it recently. Wow, was I blown away by the sheer magnificence of this recording. As I understand it they remastered it in 1999 and that made a huge difference. I don't know if they got Dave in to supervise the remastering, but it certainly sounds more like his work of recent times than the original production, which was (so the stroy goes) done in a garage on a portable eight track studio. Consequently it was of very low production values, which must have near-killed Dave at the time, if what I hear of his perfectionism is correct. This mastering, whether Dave or a studio technician is truly magnificent, picking up on so much that was lost on the original (which was a rather worn 12-year-old-original-LP by the time I had listened to it) which gives it a depth and presence it simply lacked before.
Highlights are, as already mentioned, "She's Invisible Now" along with the very tuneful "Revenge" - shame they never used that title again, eh? - and the opening track which simply attacks you, grabs you by the throat, shouts "LISTEN" then calms down and nips off to make a cup of tea whilst you get your breath and enjoy the rest of the song. The title is "English Summer" and it is the most startling opener to an album I know, including "O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana.
Sylistically it is most similar to peace, but I suspect that has quite a lot to do with the time of the remaster. It would not need a lot of work to attempt to get a hit with this album in todays charts.
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