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This review is from: Love Is Overtaking Me (Audio CD)
Pretty good selection of early stuff by Mr Russell. If you're more a fan of the house stuff or the world of echo cello based music then you might be a bit disappointed as there is by and large a more conventional feel to the songs. However, that is no bad thing as some of them are total classics, "I couldn't say it to your face", and "Close my eyes" are truely great songs in a 70's counrty style, like a cooler Glen Cambell, (not that it would be hard to be cooler than Glen Cambell). "Time away" sounds like a very early song, in which Arthur tells us about how he is going to tidy his room, it's great. The later half of the album has a more jaunty house feel, a little like Talking Heads but still stamped with the individual flavour that could only be Arthur Russell. The high point for me though is "Eli", it's, I presume, an early version of his solo cello and voice songs about a poor old dog that nobody likes. It's hauntingly beautiful and insanely catchy at the same time. I found myself singing it for days, or wailing it, or whatever. Anyway if your a fan already you should invest as it's a really intresting body of work from an artist you probably thought you knew, but didn't, (is there anything Russell couldn't do?). If you don't know him that well, buy it anyway, the man's a very singular talent, I've compared him to other artists in this review but really no-one sounds quite like Arthur Russell.