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Redemption is at hand ...,
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This review is from: Monsters n Mirages (8xCD Box) (Audio CD)
Well, first, you should read Robert Dean Lurie's appreciation, on these pages, of the depth and breadth of Steve Kilbey's songwriting talent. When you have the whole of human history at your disposal, and aren't afraid to access it and communicate it, there are bound to be people down here on planet Earthed who can appreciate the richness of your oracular utterances.
Sometimes it seems as though there aren't very many of us. Over in the UK, wife Gill and I were introduced to The Church by Steve Burgess (he of Dark Star magazine and that matchless Zenmaster article about Gene Clark). Steve B really got Steve K, and was in a position to be evangelical about him.
And we collected his work, both solo and with the Church - the band Steve Kilbey put together to get his message across. And suddenly it seemed that he was aiming it all at us. About the time The Slow Crack came out, we started to write a book. We wrote to Steve asking for permission to quote his lyrics; permission which he graciously granted.
And then the 90s happened. I went through a period of no money and bad karma. Steve B didn't make it - he died of a heart attack in 1993. Steve K lost his way and things just weren't the same any more. The book never got written.
As time went by, three members of our family were hospitalised. Steve K contributed to the mending process by writing, at the request of our recovered daughter, to our very sick son.
Fortunately, this year, some sort of personal redemption was at hand. I bought Monsters n Mirages for Gill for her birthday, replacing a lot of ageing vinyl, and a draft of the book is finally completed. It feels as though the wheel might just be turning full circle.
So, for all these reasons, and because Monsters n Mirages is probably more than we deserve, five stars from me too.