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The Variations of Love,
This review is from: A Brief History Of Love (Audio CD)
The Big Pink have released a number of singles this year each standing apart from the previous in style and character. The album is no different. Opener `Crystal Visions' starts off with an Edge like riff that is slowly joined by Stone Roses like echoing vocals and finally a darkly distorted chorus kicks into the fray. You just know that this album is going to be a musical adventure.
The industrial vein continues throughout the next two tracks, though there is a pop twist laced carefully throughout which prevents the whole from becoming monotonous, and `Dominos' has the added advantage of a beautiful pop vocal. `Love in Vain' then seems to swirl into view with a heartbeat like drum rhythm and chirpy synth part, and a gently sung chorus with the lyrics "If you really love him, tell me that you love him again".
The next track then carefully reintroduces some of that distortion to good effect before `Velvet' gets all electronic on you, sweeping along with strange synths, drum claps and perfectly aimed distortion. `Golden Pendulum' bubbles along very nicely and is almost anthemic at moments. `Frisk' scratches and jumps with layered vocals and decidedly intricate drumming. The title track is then atmospheric and moody, before `Tonight' bursts in like the Kasabian masterpiece that got away. The final track closes it all up in fine style with chiming guitars and beautiful backing vocals.
This album is diverse, intelligent and ultimately very rewarding as long as you are not put off by a fair spread of distortion and atmosphere.