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Boulders - Rock Masterpiece
on 5 June 2007
Three stars, my a*** !! A definite five star album with Roy Wood at his peak of creativity. The album boast an array of styles and it changes by the track as indeed does Wood's voice. Nevertless it works as an album, as the theme running throughout is Wood's love of unusual instrumentation. Cello solos replace guitar solos, water drips replace percussion and double-speed voices become a fanfare of trumpets.
Boulders is a classic studio album, and although it is about one man pushing himself to the limits of his ability and creativity, it still has warmth and a heart. Amidst the orchestra of instruments, well crafted songs shine through. . and in many instances the arrangements are simple and elegant. But when Wood goes over-the-top he really goes OTT, with the barogue 'Dear Elaine' one of the hit singles from the album, that boast a choir of Roy Woods!.
Roy Wood plays everything except a bit of harmonium on 'Songs of Praise'. I have never been able to work out why! Maybe if the album hadn't worked so well, Wood could have blamed the harmonium player!
It's said to have taken about four years to complete and coupled with the changing quality of each song, it has a timeless feel. It is quite simply one of those albums that everyone should have in their music collection.
Roy Wood also did the self-portrait for the cover. It's perfect! A classic album cover.
And to the other review. . it's Eddy and the FALCONS (Eddie the Eagle is the Skier!)