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Read the reviews on this so was looking forward to it. What a disappointment, all my wife keeps saying is Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash are less depressing at their worst/lowest ebb. Sorry cannot recommend this.
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Initial post: 12 Feb 2014, 09:45:13 GMT
I think you are right. And I'm a massive fan.
Posted on 8 Apr 2014, 04:28:03 BST
Carlo Matthews says:
I think it rates higher than 1 sole star, yet you're right about this not being his best. While the recording and production quality are strong, the songwriting is only passable by the standards of Roy's best work. Further, there's too much circling over the same stylistic ground of his last few albums. Roy had a decade to write this, surely he could have come up with better.
Posted on 2 Feb 2015, 14:34:29 GMT
Carlo, I see where you are coming from but it's still probably a 4* album for me, which is quite an achievement considering Roy's age. Some of his later albums are growers. I didn't really rate The Green Man at first and now really love it (just two or three weak songs short of 5*), and if anything Roy's voice is stronger on Man And Myth, in fact not far removed from when he was in his prime. I guess the songwriting is not quite as strong as his finest but it's still very good imo.
Posted on 9 Mar 2015, 11:45:24 GMT
What is really depressing about this release is the across the board media praise. In truth, the reviewers really don't know anything about music. They just pick up on 'the story'. They don't know why they like it any more than why they love it. It's just a game, and Roy got lucky on this one. It must be weird for your worst work to be lauded and your best work to be ignored.
Posted on 9 Mar 2015, 11:56:40 GMT
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Posted on 9 Mar 2015, 11:58:18 GMT
Has his best work really been ignored though? Stormcock is generally considered to be a seminal album of the early Seventies, and other gems such as Flat Baroque And Beserk are highly regarded. What great albums of Roy's do you think have been overlooked?
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2015, 16:23:22 GMT
Everything in the seventies, eighties and nineties. Roy, of course, was bigger in the seventies than the media story allows us to believe. But, in Roy's words, Stormcock 'crept out' and reviews for Lifemask, Valentine, Flashes from the Archives and the rest were indifferent. In the eighties and nineties, Roy could hardly get his albums reviewed. Compare the fuss around Man & Myth to the silence that greeted The Dream Society. No Joanna Newsom or Johnny Marr to tell the press that it is ok to like him. Stormcock was unheard of until those two started talking about it. I'm pleased that he's got some recognition but it's not real recognition from the establishment. They are still as clueless as ever. Thanks for replying though!
Posted on 10 Mar 2015, 19:41:32 GMT
In the end I guess it's all down to personal opinion. I quite like Man And Myth and, as with The Green Man, which was very much a grower for me, appreciate it partly for its mellowness, which is not exactly unexpected for a man of Roy's years. The fire and the spark are still very much there imo, but the mellowness, which I would not equate with depressiveness, is very much the overriding tone, and one that certainly has its time and place in my music listening sessions.
Posted on 21 Dec 2016, 10:50:24 GMT
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