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Like Putting On An Old Pair Of Socks
on 19 July 2010
I purchased 'Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots' way back in 2002. I remeber rushing to my local (independent) record store on the morning of release (back in 2002 I had very little responsibilty and used to take my work holidays around great record releaes, sad I know) and finally getting my sweaty hands upon the follow-up to my favourite record of all time 'The Soft Bulletin' (beleive me, that is only slighty over-rating that beautiful peice of work). Anyway, I'll always remember the moment I placed the record into my player. The sweaty palms, the shortness of breath, the ceaseless pounding of my heart and the slight feeling of trepidation. I mean, seriously, how could this album possible live up to 1999's masterpeice.
'Yoshimi' is the only record ever which made me weep simultaniously for it's beauty and for it's faults. FAULTS!, I hear you scream. Yes, back in 2002 I thought Dave Fridman had killed my joy. The weird electronic sounds, the strange bleeps and the incessent noise, what had they done. They'd coated their beauty in static!!!!.
But I perservered with it anyway and now, a full eight years on, I see the majesty, the heartbreak, the wonder and the simple nature of 'Yosh' (by the end of this review I'll have shortened that to 'Y'). You see, I discovered that if you took away all the bleeps, the noise and the orchestra, and just had Wayne Coyne and an acoustic guitar, this album would still have more heart and beauty than a million Chris Martin's writing for a million years could ever muster. But if you added such strageness you also gained an extra 100 layers of beauty.
This, my friends, is the true beauty of 'Y'. It COULD be a simple folk record, it COULD be a simple pop release, it COULD be a freaky trip, but it is all of this and so much more. It IS majestic, it IS incredible, it IS faultless, and it IS timeless.