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'Thank You Trevor!'
on 17 February 2010
I always remember the first time that I saw a review for 'Adventures In Modern Recording'. It was in the Record Mirror and their reviewer gave it 0 out of 10 and totally savaged the whole thing. Interestingly, a few weeks later, another review from the same person was printed in RM and I think this time he gave the record 4 out of 10 or 6 out of ten (can't recall). My point in telling you all this is however to make the point that Trevor Horn has always been a man to push the boundaries and come up with the unexpected. Because of this, like any innovator, he has frequently been ridiculed only later to be praised for the very same records.
'Adventures In Modern Recording' is not an album to like from the first time you hear it. I burst out laughing the first time I heard 'Beatnik' and thought it was the biggest waste of vinyl I'd heard for a long time but now I love it and everything on this album with a passion. This album is full of drama, musical space, imagination, inspiration and experimentation. It constantly amazes, entertains and surprises you and I find the classic 'I Am A Camera' a song that can make me think so deeply about my life and my past that it can bring me to tears.
There is a seriousness to Trevor Horn's work that you can be forgiven for thinking that the man himself is hardly likely to be the one that tells jokes at a party but I would LOVE to meet the man anyway! Outside of my own GENIUS producer - Harvey Summers - only Trevor and Tony Mansfield have ever really inspired me as producers and my love of dramatic passages and backing vocals was almost certainly inspired by this record. The haunting 'careful, careful your walking on glass, your walking on glass' distant backing vocal call on 'Lenny' along with the plaintive and poignant piano refrain and washing synths are typical of the way that Horn creates so much beautiful space inside a track. 'Vermillion Sands' is another masterpiece with many mood changes and atmospherics along the way.
I suppose bearing in mind all I have said so far, it was always inevitable that the more synth pop singles 'On T.V' and the title track were never going to be as successful as the innovative 'Video Killed The Radio Star' but that is what you always get with the world of popular music whenever your first single is a classic.
There is just so much to get excited about with this release! The remastered sound is excellent (though the quality understandably dips a little during some of the demo's towards the end that were mastered from Trevor's personal archive of cassettes), the extra tracks are a treat for fans and there is a great and very frank interview with Trevor himself in the booklet. I could go on and on but, hell, stop reading this review now and BUY THIS!