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A Remarkable project from Hine,
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This review is from: Waving Not Drowning (Audio CD)
I didn't like 'Immunity', which I bought after I was swept away on a sea of bliss and admiration by this audacious and superbly imaginative album from Rupert Hine.
He gave a radio interview at the time, going through the concept, the ideas and the collaboration with lyricist Jeanette Obstoj (who I think he said was Icelandic) and subsequent recording process. The album title, a line from a poem by Stevie Smith underlined the sense of alienation and paranoia that Rupert wanted to convey.
I found the whole (original LP) album intelligent, wonderfully varied and experimental but only to a degree that enhanced the album. Each 'story', I felt was like a short film, each vividly portraying a human condition, an Amnesty outrage, something far more and deeper than my usual synth pop fodder at the time.
Rupert's voice isn't the best and with these songs he's not trying to make them sound the best - he's making statements, doing something others weren't. If I had to pick two favourite tracks, 'The Outsider' has always been one I liked best and 'The Set Up' with the atmospheric 'Dark Windows' with its sampled recording of actual thunder also outstanding.