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live it and breathe it . . .,
This review is from: Laughing Stock (Audio CD)
I first heard Laughing Stock as an echo upstairs on my brother's stereo. Like discoveries of Van Morrison, Nick Drake and Nina Simone before it, I was slow to catch on. Maybe a year or so passed as I dismissed it as rubbish eighties tat, I continued to hear it from upstairs and on car journeys. Then one summer while at university, I started to record my brother's entire collection on to mini-disc to take down to Bristol with me, maybe 100 or so albums. Through this I discovered the joys of miles davis albums such as bitches brew and in a silent way, van morrison's astral weeks among others.
A year or so later I put Laughing Stock on in my room and it started to grow. Three or four evenings later I was hooked by the layered textures and haunting melodies. I spoke to my brother on the phone, "I discovered a really good album . . Laughing Stock" . . needless to say, he chastised me for my arrogance and forgetfullness.
I will never make the same mistake again, for I missed out on hours of the most vividly beautiful musical experience of my life. This album is right up there for me in my top three or four records of all time, including Van the man, and Miles. Like them, it captures something unique, something true to the bone, something that transcends music and enters the realm of the essence of life itself. The experience of this record is one that it is difficult to put into words, except to say that it does get better with every listen.
People often say that you should stick with some or other album, listen a couple of times as it will grow. Laughing Stock should be stuck to for some more time, if you don't like it after five listens, I guarantee after fifteen, twenty and fifty it will become as intricate to your music collection as anything you have ever owned. This album is life-affirming, death-defying, depressing, uplifting and above all, vividly beautiful. It deserves to be in your music collection, don't wait, idiotically, like I did, get it now and live and breathe it.