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Marc at his very best
on 21 June 2005
It is really easy to underestimate A Beard Of Stars particuarly in light of Marc's commercial breakthrough with the albums that follow but this album really does represent Marc at his peak.
There's great beauty within many of these songs - the simplicity of the acoustic sound in addition to the sparing use of electric guitar adds up to a really effective mellow and intimate feel.
The use of electric adds more variation between the songs than can be found on some Tyrannosaurus Rex previous albums.
There aren't any weak moments on this album - every song has earned the right to be on the album and that includes the couple of instrumentals.
I personally prefer it to Marc's more commercially popular albums (Electric Warrior, The Slider etc). It represents the core of Marc's unique lyrical and musical talent before the commercial sheen was added.
T.Rex were great of course but they were different. Marc in achieving his commercial aspirations made sacrifices.
However successful he became he rarely made music with such emotional purity and simplicity again.