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This review is from: The Defenestration Of St Martin [VINYL] (Vinyl)
After years of craving for a sign of life of Britain's most passionate and charismatic singer I have the pleasure of announcing his return. Martin Rossiter, formerly Gene's frontman, is finally back on track. This record is the result of a carefully planned and scheduled campaign with fans and supporters helping to realize the production. I found myself obsessed with the first earcatcher "Drop anchor" months ago, a track heralding a stripped to the bone record and showing that just piano and voice are enough for creating a unique atmosphere in which Martin Rossiter's vocal abilities are brilliantly put on display. Here and there one is of course drawing parallels to earlier Gene material like "Drawn to the deep end", or the piano versions of "I can't help myself" and "A car that sped", but then again this is an album best listened to in contemplation, letting oneself in for the lyrical I that is authentically personified by Martin Rossiter. Other highlights on this record are "I must be Jesus" and "Three points on a compass". Maybe it's a bit far fetched, but as for the aspect of stripping down a production to its roots, this album is as daring and unique as Billy Bragg's "Back to basics" back in 1985. The only drop of bitterness is the slight delay of the vinyl version of this album that I've ordered, but still I was given the chance to download the tracks on time. All in all a fantastic release that lets me come back for more. This long player is definitley going to spin on and on my turntable for ages!
Postscript 15th January: Have just received the album today which has a much warmer and deeper sound than the downloads; lyrics are also included - this makes an old man very happy! Drop anchor is my personal favourite for the album of the year award!