- Audio CD (9 May 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Whizz Kidzz
- ASIN: B0009EM0YQ
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,310 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Gordon Anderson's recording name signifies the break from his former life. Anderson was a pivotal component of the Beta Band, before fleeing the coop to find a less pressurised environment in Fife. The parallels with Pink Floyd refugee Syd Barrett are innumerable but Anderson is flourishing, not fracturing. Developing the terrain explored on his 2002 Concubine Rice debut, the songs are oblivious of time and convention. The hazy, semi-hallucinogenic beauty is boosted by the lo-fi, not-quite-focused home recording. Anderson's lyrics are full of fuzzily logical observations such as "I won't find my way until I've found my way home", while the melodies are woozily remiscent of the Hollies and the Byrds. A production mess-up means the song titles aren't listed, adding to Schoozzzmmii's uncategorisable, carefree magic.
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If you like either of those, you'll like this.
(I realise that was an obvious comparison, but there's no point in trying to be clever about this, that's what it sounds like.)
The songs are full of light and space, they come from an untouchable distance away and sound like sunlight on a wall. If you've heard the original demos of Strawberry Fields on Anthology 2 you'll know what i mean.
Sad and beautiful.
I have been trying hard to work exactly how to accurately describe the whole sound of this album but to be honest that's virtually impossible. One fine example starts with a mad Jackanory style storytelling through to a Fife version of the Strap over an Axel F beat. Bewildered you will be. Eclectic and exhilarating in one breath then heartbreakingly soulful the next. You never know what to expect on this album. There are no fillers, but there are several uncut gems hidden amongst the polished stones.
Obvious comparisons to the Beatles a la White album abound on a couple of the LP's tracks but as someone who doesn't particularly rate the Beatles [shock, horror] I think the LP outdoes anything I have heard by them. Am I ridiculously overstating these tracks ? I don't think so cos it doesn't have Paul McCartneys bleating voice over it so to my mind that's got to be an improvement. But aside from that admittedly rather lazy comparison, the sheer breadth and scope of the remainder of this album will impress you. Of course its chaotic and so lo fi its basically a live album but it is full of THAT voice, with its melody, emotion and inflection and on the Lonely Vagabond for, to my mind, the first time the Pidge lets it loose and ahhh, its sheer class.
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