THE EGG / FORWARDS SPECIAL EDITION Box set
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Well, after all that, the album is here, and it is both familiar and significant progress from their last one (Travelator - released in the last millenium!). Ned Scott's sweeping synths that just open up your heart are still there, the spiky, funky drumming of twin-brother, Maff, is harder and funkier than ever. But where the deep geometric bass-lines of Dave Gaydon and the urgent, choppy guitar of Mark Revell used to be, there are a welter of guest musicians, strange vocal samples, more adventurous electronic stuff, and real songs. Yes, there is far more of a pop sensibility on display here, and a noticeable drift to a more urgent electroclash sound.
The sweeping melancholy chill of 'Lost at Sea' and contrasting summery vibe of 'Venice Beach' will already be familiar to many, but it's the new and unfamiliar tracks that really stand out here - the opener, 'Wall', has a chiming guitar that recalls U2 at their best, but the insistent bass throb and gentle vocals are pure New Order - however the combination is something other than either. 'She's Terrific' and 'Always There', hum with live energy, the latter with a 'story' running through it like Travelator's 'Getting Away With It', and the former with grin-inducing samples apparently found on a tape in Thailand.
I could go on, but there is not a duff track on the album.Read more ›
To my mind this has to be one of the most underated albums of the last decade, and still remains a largely undiscovered gem. The best of the tracks EASILY rival the best on Air's Moon Safari album, and taken as a whole, I find it consistantly better by far. The only marks against it are due for tracks seven onwards, which just dont do it for me. But to be honest the first half is so good that I havent got the heart to give it less than five stars.
Each of the tracks hit a moment of sheer sonic bliss, that still knocks my socks off, even after a couple of hundred plays. Listen to them five times so they get under your skin, and you will love them.
Hey - just buy the dam thing - its superb music.
The musical styles are more mixed in the new offering. They range from the "chill out" sound of Venice Beach to upbeat tracks like Funky Dub.
Forwards also brings the energy and humour of previous Egg albums. "She's Terrific" is a riot of a track which brings back memories of "Hey Billy" from Travelator and is one of the album's big winners.
It was a long time coming and fans of The Egg will not be disappointed.
The Egg are best experienced live their gigs create pure energy, failing that get Albumen instead and play it loud in your car it's Awesome.Forwards is a good album but the slower tracks let it down, to me the egg are all about the up-tempo dancey tracks that make their live act so great.I also feel the band the band really miss their former bass player as his deep funky bass was such a feature on the previous two albums.
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sorry this is not a review but more of a comment on amazon. twice they have sent me an invitation to buy this album and told me that those who bought it had also bought albums by... Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2010 by egg-on-face-amazon
A great electronic album, easy listening with some fantastic sounds in it. Really unique sound they have, brilliant listening whilst going to sleep!! Read morePublished on 28 May 2007 by T. Berwick
I bought this in the summer of 2004 when it first came out after a friend had recommended the band to me. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2007 by Mr. S. Hoy