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GREEN

Steve Hillage

 

Canterbury Scene

3.95 | 130 ratings

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Warthur
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3 stars Steve Hillage finally settled on a distinctive solo sound for himself on Green. No longer upstaged by Utopia as on L, and no longer competing for attention with the TONTO synthesiser system as on Motivation Radio, Steve developed the sound of this album in close collaboration with Miquette Giraudy. As in their later trance music albums under the name of System 7, Hillage and Giraudy base their sound around the interplay between Giraudy's synthesisers and guitar and synthesiser work on Steve's part, and this time around the result is decent space rock more or less in the vein of Hillage's post-Fish Rising solo albums - an intense, trippy atmosphere reminiscent of the best of Steve's work with Gong whilst retaining an identity of its own.

Even Steve's characteristic New Age optimism and goofy lyrics work well on this album, with Unidentified rising above previous Hillage songs in the same "let's clap hands and welcome the space brothers" vein by having a gloriously funky foundation. The album also benefits from having better instrumental sections than the preceding two, and even though The Glorious Om Riff is a reworking of Steve's guitar part from Master Builder on You, the part in question is good enough that it's still an entertaining listen by itself. Cynics might say it's too little too late, particularly since Open and For To Next/And Not Or weren't exactly scintillating, but I still think Green is a worthwhile album, and possibly his best solo studio album in his hippy singer-songwriter style. (There's Rainbow Dome Musick coming up, of course, but that's an altogether different beast.) I still feel that Fish Rising remains Hillage's only truly essential solo album, but this one is good enough that I'd recommend it to most serious fans of space rock or Canterbury to try out.

Warthur | 3/5 |

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