Customer Review

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seventh Wonder, 6 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Hanging Gardens (Audio CD)
For the uninitiated, The Necks are an Australian trio of Chris Abrahams (keyboards), Tony Buck (drums) and Lloyd Swanton (bass) and this is their seventh album, but the first to be released in the UK. It was recorded in 1996 and released in Australia in 1999. The Necks specialise in hour-long improvised pieces, but unlike most improvised music there's a regular pulse, plenty of space and the harmonies are more 'in' than 'out'.
Normally The Necks' pieces build up with one instrument joining in after the other. This one springs into life with a piano chord, 16-beat pattern on cymbals and hi-hat and a wheezing Hammond Organ in the background. Over the first 7 minutes various themes (a low piano motif, an echoing bass note) are introduced which are gradually played more and more frequently until the snare drum kicks in and the Hammond comes to the fore. Around the 20-minute mark first chord reappears in a new theme. It all seems so logical that it's hard to believe that this is improvised.
Hanging Gardens ebbs and flows like an orchestral piece; halfway through they've stripped everything back to the bare minimum, yet within 10 minutes we're treated to a swirling organ solo and Abrahams' trade mark trilled single notes on the piano. The constant trance-like beat is reminiscent of Dance music, but all this is achieved without a click track or computer-generated loops.
This music belies description as it works on so many levels. Initially the repetition can put the listener on edge, but gradually you get sucked in, and the tiniest changes sound like seismic shifts. It's not a difficult listen but does repay patience; there's nothing out there that sounds quite like this and each listen reveals something new. Totally recommended!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

Reviewer


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,454,685