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National Health


Canterbury Scene

4.13 | 457 ratings

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4 stars More is less : Hatfield and the North was an ideal mixture of musicianship, composition, songwriting and a dose of humour. When the project stoped National Health could have been the follow up...but it wasn't. Hatfield was a group, National Health is (mainly) a vehicle for Dave Stewart's compositions.Now, Dave Stewaert is a great composer, but not a great songwriter. On this record there are some very beautiful and delicate pieces of music,('Tenemos Roads' and 'Borogoves' include my favourite) enough to make tons of good songs, but Dave Stewart puts a hundred ideas in one 'Song' and spoils it.There is not enough room to breeze, a claustrophobic record. It is a frustrating record too: Every time I listen to it I get struck by the beauty and in the next moment I get drowned by too much complexity. One of these days I am going to sample my favourite passages and create my own favourite National Health record.
Alucard | 4/5 |


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