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The most pleasing aspect to the album is Coxon's approach to his vocals...On Happiness in Magazines the balance between pop and snarl was almost perfect..But on Love travels at illegal speeds the snarl was beginning to take over from the fragility which makes his voice so unique...Thankfully for the spinning top that balance has been fully restorded and the listeners empathy can fully return to these moving songs...
Next up Coxon has promised 21st century music.. I for one can't wait : hopefully the vocal approach taken on this enchanting record can be filtered into his next release......
Great vocals too. Listen to it. BUY IT!
album of astounding virtuosity.
Man, the guy can play!
A sublime acoustic masterpiece,
And the sound of summer nights to come.
Ahh, bring 'em on!
Purchase & enjoy. :)
It's ironic however, given his welcoming back into the Blur fold for a full Summer band reunion, that he may have now released what could be his most commercially successful solo album yet.
The press release from Coxon quotes him as wanting to find a new way of using acoustic instruments, without them being soppy or nice. He has clearly gone back to English greats such as John Martyn and Nick Drake to find influence for the production in these songs - neat and elegant finger picking, flourishes of piano, and an undercurrent of double bass featuring in many tracks. Of course, we're also never too far from Syd Barrett with Caspian Sea and Far from Everything.
However, this is not pastiche - Coxon is a very mature songwriter, and he manages to sustain a very powerful atmosphere of wistfulness, hope, fragility, pensiveness, sometimes melancholia, but always great warmth and humanity throughout this album, which demands to be heard in its completeness, from start to finish. It's one of those albums that will sound great late on a Summer's night - Look into the Light captures the joyous spirit of Nick Drake as well as anyone I have heard attempt this. In the Morning really is a beautiful modern take of a joyous early John Martyn song like Over the Hill, with the refrain 'An angel's wings in cool night air', which is what this whole album sounds like to my ears.
I feel a little ashamed that I didn't fully credit Graham Coxon as a national English musical treasure before. Better late than never!
In all another great top notch addition to the Graham Coxon catalogue which is at least the equal if not exceeds his previous creative high of the Kiss of Morning.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ok, came across this album through seeing a Blur documentary on BBC3 the other week and found this "Graham Coxon an intriguing character... Read morePublished on 27 July 2010 by frazzle
I'm afraid Graham Coxon seems to have lost his way a bit. On Spinning Top, there are some great riffs, exquisitely-played as you'd expect, but the songs themselves just aren't good... Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2010 by Foal Boy
Strawberry fleas forever!!!, I love the way the purple smoke clouds come out of the cd player every time I put it on , my invisible friend from Mars also likes it, cool! Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2010 by Kevin Dermott
Pure beauty. One out of 5 records for the island. This guy is a genius.Published on 9 July 2009 by Johnny Teardrop