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Genius? Absolutely Not
on 30 July 2008
Marc Bolan made some great records. The trouble is he stopped making them after 'Slider'. From 'My People Were Fair.....' he improved enormously with every album, right up to 'A Beard of Stars'. For 'T. Rex', he took a side step and made an album that was very different but still great. 'Electric Warrior' was (I think) about as good as 'T. Rex' but then the rot set in. 'The Slider' contained a lot of 'filler' ('Telegran Sam' and 'Metal Guru' to name but two). After that it was downhill all the way. Bland, often repetetitve and VERY over-produced (though many of the alternate or 'work in progress' versions show that his basic song writing was still reasonably sound).
Unfortunately, much of the stuff on this album is absolutely second rate. And that's being generous.