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One of the best albums of the 90's,
This review is from: Six (Audio CD)
Mansun were a fantastic band who produced two exceptional albums and numerous EPs of originality, depth and craftsmanship. They were truly a one-off, and this is the high water mark of their career. Their first two albums deserve to be mentioned alongside any other album, and are probably the musical equivalent of Wilde or Swinburne.
As such, Mansun's music is full of colour, reverberating chords and grandeur. The nature of the music itself is unpredicatable. 'Cancer', that begins with aggressive guitar riffing, is broken down to a solitary piano; soon, Dominic Chad brings in a gorgeously evocative solo that is both lyrical and smooth. As a whole, Chad's guitar playing on the album is a highlight. The style is very much like David Gilmour's; preferring slow bends and repeated phrases, as opposed to all out improvisation. The use of guitar effects also stands as a benchmark to all modern bands.
It is also masterful in terms of composition. The Barrett-esque verses of Television build up to surging pre-chorus, but then the song lapses into a kind of lull, before suddenly breaking into the glorious refrain of the chorus. Also, riffs from other songs are dotted around the album, enforcing the idea of an overall coherance. The closing track, 'Being a Girl', shifts from a furious punk anthemn to then falling into a breathtaking outro that turns on a sixpence seemingly at will. Waves of treated guitar sounds wash over, and tempo changes are commonplace: it encapsulates the whole ethos of 'Six': to experiment and dazzle the listener.
There aren't many weaknesses in this album. It was panned by some critics for being pretentious, but then Mansun were a band that dared to be different, and one people will still listen to in years to come. Outstanding.