- Audio CD (16 May 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Onomatopoeia Records
- ASIN: B004WJGO14
- Other Editions: Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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The Rising Of The Lights CD
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The Rising of the Lights is William D. Drake s fourth album and follow up to the critically acclaimed simultaneous album releases of 2007, Briny Hooves and Yew s Paw. The album s title is taken from a mysterious cause of death which plagued London during the 18th and 19th centuries. Drake discovered the malady in a Victorian medical journal somewhere amongst Venice s labyrinth of canals while on an Italian tour. I liked the sound of the words: it stuck with me . This said, The Rising of the Lights is a work at the very peak of health. By turns energetic and passionate, excitable and sombre, and baring a flagrant disregard for the division of modern and ancient, this music is inimitably Drake s. In complement to the span of moods, a feast of gorgeous instrumentation is presented: hurdy-gurdy, clarinet, harmonium, television organ , melodica, phillicorder, mellotron, electric guitar, saxophone and mini-moog. There is also a palpable sense of nostalgia for Drake s time in Cardiacs. This is inspired in part, he acknowledges, by front-man Tim Smith s serious illness. Indeed, The Rising of the Lights opens with two songs, Super Altar and Ant Trees , which were originally intended for Smith, Jones and Drake s side-project, Sea Nymphs. Though a delight in oddness and asymmetry is much in evidence, The Mastodon s stomping persistence or the P-funky strut of Song in the Key of Concrete , the album is rich with moments of heart-stopping beauty. In An Ideal World s sense of devotion, the lissom Laburnum and the enigmatic Me Fish Bring demonstrate Drake s signature blend of emotion and playful surrealism. Whether it be the ancient grind of James Larcombe s hurdy-gurdy, rediscovered gems from another project, or the curious fixation on disease, a spice of old times pervades the new compositions. But this record could not come from a different artist, nor be created at a different time. To quote Ornamental Hermit , titled from the long-forgotten eccentric English practice of wealthy families keeping an elderly, grey-bearded hermit within their grounds, The Rising of the Lights is overflowing with joy and with pain .
Top Customer Reviews
But if you can take all that... this is how it should be done.
Beautiful music, discovered just in time for Christmas, great.
After a largely disappointing first solo album from Bill, the groans over the self-indulgence instrumental 'Yew's Paw' were masked by the deafening cheers towards 'Briny Hooves' released the same day. With the messy collapse of XTC and Andy Partridge apparantly stuck for any ideas beyond flogging old demos to the more gullible parts of their dwindling fanbase, there's a sizeable audience out there for music by quintessential English eccentrics ever since the days of Peter Gabriel dressing up as a daisy with Genesis. In the 21st century, Bill looked like the artist to fill it.
This third solo album sees Bill trying to do the best elements from the last two albums into one - thus there is a mixture of instrumental tracks in the mix - and like most of his output to date is largely centred around the classical piano, but being eccentric for eccentrism's sake ruins much of it.
Take for example 'Homesweet Homestead Hideaway'. It's all very well having two different 'movements' to a song so long as they go together, but rather like Genesis' 'Stagnation' it's painfully obvious what we have are two completely different songs cobbled together with a jarring ten second bridge (at the 3 mins 30 secs mark) matching neither. The gorgeous instrumental second half ought to have been separated from the first as a song in its own right.
'In An Ideal World' is a beautiful song ruined by an embarrassing lyric, and he knows he can do much better than this Purple Ronnie greetings card effort.Read more ›