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3.11 | 46 ratings | 4 reviews | 9% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1986

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. O Salome (10:41)
2. Sheets Of Blue (11:23)
- Dance Music:
3. The Change (9:21)
4. The Jack (4:51)
5. Flames Of Power (3:50)

Total time 40:06

Bonus track on 1990 & 2010 reissues:
6. Sheets Of Blue (Revised Version) (11:31)

Extra bonus tracks on 2010 reissue:
7. Salome 1990 (8:36)
8. Nimrod (Live)

Line-up / Musicians

- Stephen Stewart / guitar, vocals, co-producer
- Robert John Godfrey / keyboards, vocals, co-producer
- Dave Storey / drums & percussion (1,4)

- Chris North / drums (2)
- Damian Risdon / drums (6)

Releases information

Artwork: Mark Jessett

LP Self released - Enid 10 (1986, UK)

CD Self-released ‎- ENID CD 9 (1990 ?, UK) With a bonus track
CD Inner Sanctum - ENID007CD (2010, UK) With 3 bonus tracks

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THE ENID Salome ratings distribution

(46 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(28%)
Good, but non-essential (46%)
Collectors/fans only (13%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

THE ENID Salome reviews

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Review by ClemofNazareth
2 stars Well there's no question Robert John Godfrey is an odd guy, and on this album he really stretches to come up with both a theme and a musical style befitting the times (and keeping in mind this released in the eighties). There seems to be little attempt to sound anything like any previous incarnation of the Enid on this record, Godfrey instead preferring to sound a bit like a cross between Bryan Ferry and the Psychedelic Furs' Richard Butler while crooning about the lust-filled thoughts of Christianity icon John the Baptist on the eve of his beheading. Got your head wrapped around that word picture?

I'm not sure what the heck Godfrey and Stephen Stewart were thinking, except that given the time period in which this was recorded progressive and symphonic rock were pretty much dead. Music on the airwaves consisted mostly of Robert Palmer's schmaltzy cock-soul and acts like Bananarama and Tiffany trying to pass off late sixties psych-pop covers as synthed-up dance numbers. So maybe he got caught up in the moment and, like Alan Parsons ('Vulture Culture', 'Stereotomy'), Jeff Lynne ('Balance of Power') and Manfred Mann ('Criminal Tango') decided to leverage his considerable keyboard skill to create almost completely synthesized, rather sterile music that might actually be palatable beyond their core audience.

Well on a technical scale this is decent music, but like everything else I just mentioned it lacks any real sort of creative fire and in the end is one of, if not the, most forgettable albums the Enid ever released.

The opening track is pretty much all synthesized music with insipidly repetitive lyrics "If I was the king of pleasure, you the queen of pain? your love is killing me...", I suspect meant more for shock than for artistic value. Any attention is good attention if you're an artist I suppose, but in this case I think Godfrey and Stewart could have taken a higher road.

"Sheets of Blue" features Stewart on guitar only after almost a third of the album has already unwound, really odd since he collaborated on the opening track but Godfrey wrote this one. And the song opens with promise, featuring a slow and mildly orchestral- sounding lead-in, but mid-stream Godfrey shifts back into Alan Parsons ultra-synthetic studio sheen mode with the rest of the song saved only by Stewart's very decent guitar work (which come to think of it Ian Bairnson did for Alan Parsons on his last few albums as well).

The closing "Dance Music" is separated into subtitled parts but is meant to be a single composition, and it's rather a jumbled mess of percussion, chanting and haphazard keyboard work until the "Flames of Power" part toward the end when Godfrey finally reverts back to the classically-inspired sound the Enid was known for. But really it's too late and too somber to save this album.

I love the Enid, but this is easily my least favorite album. The only real excuses are that both Godfrey and Stewart were spending an awful lot of time working on other projects, Godfrey was in ill health, and it was the latter eighties. I can't quite go to three stars this time, so two it is (out of five), and not particularly recommended, even to fans of the band.


Latest members reviews

3 stars Shortly after the tour for the spiritually-themed double album "The Spell", Robert John Godfrey and Stephen Stewart returned to the studio once more to record The Enid's seventh album, "Salome". Like the several albums before it, "Salome" was a concept album based on the biblical tale of Salome, the ... (read more)

Report this review (#1132029) | Posted by Sheets of Blue | Saturday, February 15, 2014 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Damn you Tony Larz, you beat me to this one :) Never mind, two positive reviews is always better than one, so here goes. . . Salome is the Enid's third release after scaling down to a three-piece (not counting any of the remakes of older material) and is definitely one of their strangest and ... (read more)

Report this review (#25898) | Posted by The Mentalist | Tuesday, June 22, 2004 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Enid or the by far the most fantastic prog band you/ i can name..they are diverse and unpredictable...still can ALWAYS expect interesting music...with lots of weird (read:Wonderfully strange)musical interludes and moment they´re pop..the next..extremely beautiful ... (read more)

Report this review (#25897) | Posted by Tonny Larz | Sunday, May 23, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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