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Rachel's Birthday


Eclectic Prog

3.76 | 28 ratings

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2 stars This album is a one-time project I guess since there were no follow-up on this one so far. The music featured here is rather difficult to categorize.

The short and acoustic opening number is dull, while "Philosophy" reminds me the "Magazine" sounds (but this one is absolutely sub- par to this great new-wave band). So, maybe the epic "Waves" will do it ? Well, I'm not really sure. Vocals sounds as the ones from an obscure band of the sevenites (which I liked pretty much) from New-Zealand : Seventh Wave (Ken Elliot is his name). But while they were extremely original for the era (1974-75), this one is not.

There will be some good moments in this song (fortunately !) but twenty-five minutes of music seem pretty long to develop it. It just lack in passion, emotion, passionate vocals and impressive instrumental parts (although the last three minutes hold all of these characteristics. But it's only fifteen percent of the total lenght).

Same very average comments about "Cream Tears". I'll only procure me some heavy tears. A rather poor song. Nothing really to remember. The misery goes on during "Wedding...". Gosh, what a unpleasant album so far. The track I prefer might well be the short acoustic one "Everything's Alright". A nice break, but nothing really original, I'm afraid.

If you are into disco / synth, you might like "A Supersonic Pest Controler". But it is not my case. The awful and theatrical vocals won't do any good, I'm afraid. The absolute nadir being reached with "Nightingale And Snake". Its intro is completely hip-hop. My son could almost like this. I have to admit, to be honest, that after these horrific moments, this song is getting better (but how could it be worse). The last two minutes even hold a great guitar solo (but it will be completely ruined with a pityful "Happy birthday dear Rachel...).

Anyway, this album is extremely confidential and you won't miss anything by ignoring it. Actually, the music featured here is not so difficult to categorize : dull. Mental masturbation (fortunately, otherwise this album lasts for about seventy minutes...).

Actually, the front cover illustrates pretty well the feeling that prevails while listening to this album. Booooooooring.

Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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