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This review is from: Colossal Youth (Audio CD)
I feel in love with the tune 'Brand New Life" from a Peel Sessions LP I brought back in the early nineties. We talking pre-web here and I could find out nothing more about the band or their output.
All I knew was this fabulous tune, with glockenspiel drums and a single scratchy elctro-acoustic backing this huanted, huanting voice. And to be honest that was enough to be getting on with - it was instantly and still is one of the most affecting songs I have ever heard. Over the years I would hear the YOung Marble Giants namechecked by bands in the NME etc and gradually got to know a bit more about the band and their very short career. (It seems the Moxam brothers willfully finished the band during the recording of this album?!)
Last year my other half got on the case and managed to track down a vinyl copy of this album (which had by now gained legendary, almost myth like status) and presented it to me for my birthday. The legend became solid. Colossal Youth is almost perfect in it's execution; it's tender, fragile vitality and sense of desire and restraint is timeless and arresting on the first and every successive listen. Though the album rightly serves as a blueprint for some of the best introspective alternative music since it is it's immediacy and intimacy that really makes this record special. Truly one of the greatest records ever made.