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TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 7 December 2009
12 days worth of writing and recording
in one room of a Bristol studio with
(believably) "no overdubs or repair"
and Beak> burst into the listening world.

It will certainly not be everyone's
cup of tea but one has to admire
Messrs Fuller, Williams and Barrow's
single-mindedness and determination.

The 12 pieces in this collection recall
(for me) the sounds emanating from many
a West London basement in the early 70's.
This is not a bad thing; merely an indication
of what to expect.

However, keep an open mind and kindly ears
and you may well discover more than a little
to love in this impressively honest project.

The waves of sound captured by the simple
guitar, bass and drums formula of 'Battery Point'
build to a curiously affecting climax.
It is a big, big sound given the economy
of resources devoted to the composition.

The hypnotic pulse of 'Blagdon Lake' has an
inner logic which manages to be dark and fun
at the same time.

The stripped-down arrangement of 'The Cornubia',
(A Bristolian pub methinks!), with its strange,
disembodied vocal, is music full of shadows and
uncertainty posessing an almost medieval quality.

'Dundry Hill' is the stuff of nightmares.
A discordant primal landscape full of menace.

Much of this ensemble's inspiration seems to have
sprung from the countryside which surrounds them.
Music of the hills, the woods and the soil.
Persuasively pagan dreams and reflections.
Not unlike their 60'/70's predecessors the
estimable Third Ear Band, Beak> have made a
worthy contribution to a musical genre which
has all but disappeared.

I am convinced of its value.

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