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Thanks for the Memory!,
This review is from: Memory Almost Full [VINYL] (Vinyl)
I agree with most of the reviews so far in saying this is largely a great album which with Nigel Godrich in the Producer's chair would be an even greater one.
But I sense that working with Godrich on 'Chaos....' was too much like hard work for Sir Macs who maybe wanted a comfier ride with his old mate David Kahne, someone who wouldn't say 'no' to the simplstic Dance Tonight or the rather pointless Only Mama Knows, which seems to go nowhere and has no real theme. That said it's an enjoyable song when you switch off from the lyrics, but then what's the point?
Highlights for me are Ever Present Past, Mr Bellamy, House of Wax which is fantastic and Nod Your Head for it's oddness. The last of these I at first thought was the weakest, being a mere ditty he could have made up in his moments of half slumber but it's so charged with an infectious energy that it can't help but rock the song forward and the album to a close. The End of the End is a great track and an unfamiliar theme for Macca, but the thoughtfulness and poetic imagery shows he really can pull something special out of his locker when he wants to.
The bonus disc with the cd is worth having but for me the overall production values and the sound of the vinyl are what give this format the edge. The sounds are more resonant and rounded but the sleeve it's housed in is very substandard and certainly unusual, made as it is of glossy paper with the record folded inside what seems to be a giant poster, (yes really.) One to be stored carefully.