- Audio CD (1 July 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Chrysalis
- ASIN: B0000089BG
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,471 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
This Is the Sea
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It didn't have a name, this new sound that Mike Scott was hearing in his head, so he called it The Big Music. This, it turns out, was something of an understatement. If Icarus had access to a recording studio, the ensuing result may have sounded like This Is The Sea--nine songs almost entirely unified by one man's desire to transcend his mortality. As you can imagine, it's an intense affair. Anthony Thistlethwaite's celestial sax playing seems to duel constantly with Scott's impassioned exhortations--to stunning effect on "Medicine Bow" and "Don't Bang The Drum". In the hands of most artists, such ambition would only result in grand folly. As "The Whole Of The Moon"--the most famous track on this album--emphasises though, there was something truly visionary about Scott at this time. To spend any time with This Is The Sea is to feel an entire Glastonbury of goose pimples take place on your spine. --Peter Paphides
Top Customer Reviews
"The Whole of the Moon" is probably the most successful song that the band has had to date, but on this album it is simply one of many dark forays into myths and legends. The powerful simplicity of "Spirit", the damning indictment of Thatcher's Britain in "Old England", the summing up of the Cold War in "Be my enemy" - it's all there. Coupled with love songs like "Trumpets" this is a powerful album and an album which makes you wonder where the band would have gone had fate had different things in store for them.
Thoroughly recommended! Buy it.
The album includes the classic 'the whole of the moon' which was a top 30 hit and the album contains the usual mix of love, religion and politics. Medicine Bow, Be my enemy and old England are great tunes to get the old soul pumping.
All in a all a very good album.