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Canterbury Scene

3.82 | 358 ratings

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3 stars A welcome blast from the past and yet there's a difficulty with the first side of this album.

In the intervening years, well decades actually (but that sends shivers down my spine) I seem to ahve lsot a frame of reference. I'm sure it's entirely my fault (perhaps it's senility) but side one sounds like weird, self-obsessed, or maybe just self-centered meanderings tinkling and monaing across some unsuspecting vinyl (which probably hoped that it would end up quite a bit more fulfilled). I suppose to be as psotiive as I can be about this you could compare O Mother to Sigur Ros without the soulful vocals and haunting music (hmm that doesn't leave much ... well maybe you ge the picture).

I suppose the bottom line is this really is music of a different age. An age that's lost on me now.

Since football is a game of two halves (Liverpool-Milan springs to mind) or two legs four halves extra time & penatlies (Rangers & Fiorentina) we have to give Sdie Two a fair crack of the whip. And, what'd ya know? It's just great.

Fohat Digs Holes in Space is pure Gong, pure Cantebury. You can always tell it's Cantebury because the busy music lifts your spirits and you can't help but smile. And you tried so hard is a bit more main stream, but hey!, you're in smile mode, all is well with the world and it rolls pleasantly along.

trpoical Fish is very jazzy with a few obligatory weird lyrics thrown in.

what can you say ... it's an album that sounds flaked out: the first side is very dated (or is that just shrouded in a druggy haze), the second retains the ability to engage this jaded and cynical listener decades after it was written.

obiter | 3/5 |


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