13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great Album, Green returns- at last!!,
This review is from: White Bread, Black Beer (Audio CD)
I've been a big fan of the Green for many a year now, and have aways been fascinated by the path his musical career has taken him and his band/musical vechicle Scritti Politti.
From being blown away in 1985 with Cupid and Psyche ( I missed 'Songs' first time around) to the new offering 'White Bread Black Beer'-Rough Trade.
The new album sees Green locked away recording in his own Flat and stripping the sound back to a basic but very tuneful level,
Greens' vocal talent is so strong and harmonic that songs like 'Snow in Sun' which is Brian Wilson influenced and 'The Boom Boom Bap'- explaining his love affair with all that is hip-hop- are in essence fairly sraight forward musical arrangements culminating in a myriad of texture and enjoyment brought out by Gartsides'singing. The songs are a total throwback to the complex arrangements which worked so painstakingly well for him in the past.
It is always a difficult to create a good song by focusing on what is left out rather than what is left in and he has succeeded on very many levels.
He is clearly comfortable with this style of recording which shows in other stand out tracks like 'Dr Abernathy'- a stomp rock tune and 'No Fine Lines' which could have been a offering from the last 35 years.
He has been so at ease with his new material that as many people know he has played live recently and good on him.
Fans will love, others- who knows...?
You never know with Green if this will be the last album, if it is ( and I sincerely hope it isn't) he has signed off in style, gone back to his old label and chilled.
On a footnote- the album packaging and design is excellent and original as always.