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Jan Dukes De Grey


Prog Folk

4.21 | 195 ratings

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4 stars An album that I hated 10 years ago has now struck a chord which I would never have thought possible.

Beginning off in almost Jethro Tull '72 manner, this record takes more twists and turns than you could wave a sword at. I guess it's an British thing, we seem to be good at schizo music, unlike Americans, where it seems forced. Although in saying that, the French were very good at it too.

'Mice and Rats in the Loft' is however, one freaky recording which holds itself together effortlessly. Usually these type of recordings fall flat on their face - trying so hard to be strange they more often than not end up sounding stupid. Not this one.

There's a lot of nice interplay with stringed instruments which give this album an important and well produced feel throughout. What really makes 'Mice and Rats in the Loft' worthwhile, are the crazy lyrics sung by the very capable Derek Noy.

The highlight of the album is certainly the last track, where Noy sings among other monstrosities 'The priest tore him open and thrust his hand inside... the still beating heart' is ripped out from his dying body' ... What the??!

This, aligned with a repetitive but scary guitar scraping and John Carpenter keyboards out of the blue makes for very uncomfortable listening

Similarities can only be found in the equally, if not stranger but quieter 'Tea and Symphony'

Such a pity they only made the one album in the 70's. These were guys who could have gone places.

Dobermensch | 4/5 |


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