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Kevin Ayers


Canterbury Scene

3.18 | 46 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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3 stars This is another weird work by Ayers. Female choirs, country type ballads and proggy singer-songwriter experiments. It's worth listening also for Steve Hillage's guitar solos as for example on "Shouting in a Bucket Blues" (yes, one of the very large serie of " Whatsit.. blues" things).

Mike Ratledge shows up on organ for "Interview" (some strange dissonance save this sort of bluesy number) while Robert Wyatt provides harmony vocals to the lilting "Hymn."

The centrepiece of the album is the whimsical "Decadence". It features a strong GONG vibe (thank you Steve), with a bed of frayed-hypnotic guitars, droning synths and metronomic beats. It's the most psychedelic song on the album, one of his proggiest for sure.

The only thing I dislike is the predictable "When Your Parents Go to Sleep".

Andrea Cortese | 3/5 |


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