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Kevin Ayers


Canterbury Scene

3.20 | 55 ratings

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3 stars This has always been one of my favourite, if not the favourite, Kevin Ayers' albums. There's a good light-hearted feel to it with some sterling musicianship.

"Don't Let It Get You Down" kicks off as a sort of Beatle-ish staccato piano number, enlivened by the excellent female backing vocals. "Shouting In A Bucket Blues", apart from having one of the best song titles of all time, is notable for the Hillage guitar work sprayed all over it. "When Your Parents Go To Sleep" is a slow blues number with a Joe Cocker-style lead vocal (not from Mr Ayers). "Interview" has a nice chugging bass line with effects on the vocals which give it an unusual feel. "Internotional Anthem" (sic) is basically a 43 second burst of backing vocals which lead into the drone of "Decadence". This is possibly the best track here (definitely the longest), with a repeated guitar figure over the monotone drone. "Oh! Wot A Dream" is a light-hearted tribute to Syd Barrett and is the only song I know which features a duck as part of the percussion!. "Hymn" is a gentle number featuring Robert Wyatt over some gently strummed guitars. The whole thing ends up with "Beware Of The Dog", which is the dramatic finale. It's a short number with a great ending ("She said 'you're not happy, you're just stoned'").

Despite some lower ratings here, this is still my favourite Ayers album and I thoroughly recommend it.

chopper | 3/5 |


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