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VINE VOICEon 17 August 2007
What is going on ? ....I mean , the airwaves are polluted by aeorated light weight singer/song writers with songs so vapid they can be dispersed with vanilla air freshener yet this album, a positively heroic collection of poignant torch songs and scorchingly intense up-tempo numbers, has not so much been ignored as probably doesn't actually exist except in my fevered imagination.
In which case I am a lucky man .Forever is an album that should have garlands hung around it's neck , it's own CD print in some music walk of fame somewhere, it should have won a Grammy crossed with a Nobel prize( a grabby?) for services to music so gorgeous that anyone who hears it instantly forgets all their petty grievances and bows to it's heart melting gorgeousness. This album could end all world conflicts ....are you listening Gordon Brown?
Released in 1992 ,Forever is the debut solo album from Simon Bonney , the only permanent member of the rather forbidding Crime And The City Solution. Very little of their output gave hints as to what delights his solo work would invoke. Forever is a mix of quite stunning ballads-The title track ,"Ravenswood", "Saw You Falling" and punchier tracks such as "Like Caesar Needs A Brutus" and "Someone Loves You". It's lyrically deft with "Like Caesar Needs A Brutus" -a tale of tow lovers who are poison to each other particularly outstanding . And while the instrumentation is disarmingly simple , mostly acoustic or electric guitar, percussion and bass with the occasional embellishment of strings or piano the songs are complex and dense with detail. Most importantly they are thornily emotional with the title track a song as good as anything masters of the affecting ballad -American Music Club, The Blue Nile, Nick Cave, -have ever produced.
Bonney released one more solo album -"Everyman" in 1996 and then recorded a third that has never seen the light of day. Pity, but the fact is with Forever he had already released his masterpiece . Ten songs of quite fabulous, expressive ,incremental brilliance. Largely ignored but those who have heard it will probably never forget it. Forever like the song says is a long ,long time but it's pure pleasure with music like this.
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