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a great return to form,
This review is from: Beyond Elysian Fields (Audio CD)
When you look at the most recent Stranglers album you realise just how little they've come since Hugh left the band in 1990. Whilst containing some good songs, "Norfolk Coast" travels the same road they've been on for the last ten years whereas Hugh's solo output, in contrast, has been more sporadic and not entirely successful, but the previous two albums to this one ("Guilty" and "Hi-Fi") promised a truly great album to follow, and yes: "Beyond Elysian Fields" is it.
The depth of muscianship and songwriting talent on this CD is superb, with each song an absolute delight for the ears. Favourites would have to include "Beauty on the Beach", "Cadiz" and "Henry Moore", but it's so hard to pick out a favourite because they all contain the illusive ingredient of "talent" so often lacking in post-punk solo albums. And in addition the rich production by Tony Visconti perfectly compliments the songs.
This isn't a retro-punk album (thank God), but a superlative showcase of an imaginative songwriter at his best. Buy it!