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Kevin Ayers


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2.69 | 11 ratings

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By 1978, artists like KEVIN AYERS were definitely no longer fashionable and could count only on their fan base to buy their records or attend their concerts in -small- venues. But releasing albums like RAINBOW TAKEWAY surely wouldn't help their cause.Not that it is a bad album, it is not. It's just when you finish listening to this album, you forget quicky about it.

KEVIN AYERS has definitely renounced on everything that has prog elements, not that he was really proggy in the first place lately, but he always tried to mix some proggish ingredients here and there on some of his songs. RAINBOW TAKEWAY is just a simple songs album, more on the folk troubadour style. But most importantly, the inspiration seems to have dried up and we are now very far away removed from the magic that graced AYERS first solo albums.

There is no DAVID BEDFORD collaboration like on BLUE from YES WE HAVE MANANAS meaning there are no nice arrangements, lush string quartets or the delicate sound of a clarinet to be heard on RAINBOW TAKEWAY.If only the songs were memorable, would be OK, but i can't pinpoint one song that could feature on any best-of AYERS compilation.

Actually, what we have here is KEVIN AYERS singing like a crooner.Listening to his voice on BLAMING IT ALL ON LOVE or BEWARE OF THE DOG II remind me of good old DEAN MARTIN, no less! BALLAD OF A SALESMAN is one of these typical KA songs, starting well but running out of total inspiration inthe middle , trying to create some kind of athmosphere but failing badly.

The best two tracks are STRANGE SONG with a nice violin briging some character to this track and GOODNIGHT GOODNIGHT a song a little bit more creative than the rest. But the big downfall of RAINBOW TAKEWAY is the inclusion of the last track:THE HAT SONG!! We know AYERS always has liked a good ''odd ditty'' and that he has a great sense of humor, but with HAT SONG, he overdid it himself. HAT SONG has no place on any serious prog/rock/pop album unless you are aiming for a commercial suicide. This is plain dreadful. TAKE ME TO TAHITI or THE FAKE MEXICAN TOURIST are masterpieces compared to THE HAT SONG!!

And guess what? THE HAT SONG would be featured in one of AYERS best-of compilation later on. Unbelievable!! I have followed AYERS through his career to RAINBOW TAKEWAY enjoying the goodies, forgetting the bad, but now it was starting to get ugly and i left the ship never to listen to the next albums.

KEVIN AYERS has a new album coming out this month THE UNFAIRGROUND with ROBERT WYATT and HUGH HOPPER guesting . So far the reviews have been excellent and i will keep you updated when i get this new CD.Hopefully, some old magic came back!

febus | 2/5 |


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