Love From London [VINYL]
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Turning 60 in March 2013, none-more-English singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock is surely about due for installation at national treasure-dom’s top table.
Not that this, the erstwhile Soft Boy’s 19th solo outing, panders exclusively to Hitchcockian stereotype: specifically, Syd Barrett-via-Edward Lear neo-psych-rock whimsy, with a side order of Paisley Underground guitar swirl and chime.
Indeed, while his customary playfulness in dissecting matters of the heart and cerebellum is a reassuring hallmark of Love From London, the album also proffers a brooding, politicised, sometimes incensed Hitchcock – even if its title does more readily connote a beatific 1967 hippie "happening".
That ire is made most manifest on the motorik, fuzz-toned Fix You, in which Hitchcock vents his spleen at the architects of the current global financial crisis and the ensuing buck-passing: "They make you redundant and call you a slacker."
Imagine an updated Plastic Ono Band giving it to the man, post Bear Stearns, etc, and you’re close. Its righteous vitriol is set askew by typically psychedelic references to “strawberry mousse” and the like.
Elsewhere, Hitchcock and his adroit band (bassist Paul Noble, cellist Jenny Adejayan and vocalists Lizzie Anstey, Jenny Marco, Lucy Parnell and Anne Lise Frokedal) get to grips with an eclectic litany of the man’s less-quotidian essays, his soi-disant “paintings you can listen to”.
Typically, Strawberries Dress marries the glinting psyche-pop of Hitchcock’s 80s combo The Egyptians with phantasmagoric lyrics about the Telecom Tower and “a fine young sprite, naked from the naval downwards”.
Elsewhere, My Rain is a lilting, mysterioso late-night waltz, brimming with rollercoaster, Syd-like vocal mannerisms, rippling guitars and mournful cello.
Proceedings conclude with the sprawling End of Time, a song that deals with the tricky business of the post-existential void (ergo death). Even here, Hitchcock can disarm with a simple, childlike simile (“Day breaks like an egg”) and everywhere the potentially portentous subject of mortality is deftly addressed.
It culminates in a hymnal, valedictory chorus which slowly fades into the ether, leaving just the lapping waves of eternity, before a coda, replete with a chant of the album title, returns us to the living, breathing here and now.
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Top Customer Reviews
Takes time to grow on you, as all the good ones do.
Quite a noticeable Beatles-ish feel here and there, -nothing wrong with that is there?
If you like Robyn Hitchcock, you'll not need any persuasion to pick up this set.
Go on, you won't regret it.
Death and Love seems to me to be the key song here. It comes close to explaining what it is we all are dealing with here on this globe of frogs where we hop and slither. Just have a listen and see if you can't feel it.
Bless dear old Robyn for making this record. It is so sane and so wise. Better than that, it is utterly beautiful.
Love from London? Love on ya, baby!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outstanding selection of tracks from start to end - up there with 'I often dream of trains'; 'Moss Elixir' and 'Respect' as one of his most outstanding LP releases.Published 19 months ago by Stephen Tymruk
I don't normally write reviews, but having been a Robyn fan for over 20 years, I just had to write a review about his fantastic new album. Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2013 by Steph15
Like a lot of Robyns stuff it doesn't grab you straight away, but when it does..... Love from London is no exception and won't dissappoint on any level.