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Henry Cow



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5 stars How do we speak without words?

HENRY COW fascinates me. Its a constructed band aware of their own social construction, trying to explain the world in gestures (sometimes with actually words). The band, when decided to use lyrics, produced one of the most aloudly speaking poems of the late-capitalist society, "Nine funerals for the citizen king".

As one of the unique (and almost only) marxist bands that was formed in the seventies, HENRY COW was also aware of what made HERY COW be HENRY COW. And its here that they produced with heart what is the instrumentation equivalent of Demetrio Stratos singing. Full expression without saying a word. Full humanization of thoughs through metal squalid sounds. If the tracks' titles already give us the hint of what each song is about ("Industry", "The decay of cities", "1/2 the sky") and the sides are also named (a-side: History and prospects; side-b: Day by Day), a good experience is listen to the album without knowing the titles - you'll probably get a correct answer, as their playing lead you into the idea.

Only in ART BEARS we can see how they perceived revolution as a whole, but in "Western Culture" we perceived... well... everything else.

GKR | 5/5 |


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