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5 stars 'Sing to God' is a culmination of 15 years hard work and toil.

The Cardiacs are probably best known for their crazy appearance on UK TV show 'The Tube' in '86 - which turned me into a lifelong fan. It was like something straight out of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest'!

This is the Cardiac's undoubted masterpiece. They're clearly off their rockers - but musically they're finely honed and tuned in to one another to the nearest nanosecond. Just as well for them as this must have been absolute murder to record. The tempo shifts are dramatic to say the least.

Tim Smith... acknowledged Gentle Giant fan is the singer songwriter genius responsible for this monstrosity of a double album which at times threatens to collapse under its own weight... but never does because of the skill involved in the musicianship. The highlight must surely be 'Angleworm Angel' which puts knots in my stomach each time I hear it with it's intensity and frantic pace. Towards the end it even seems to turn into a football hooligan chant - with its 'Oi, Oi, Oi' shouts

I saw the Cardiacs in '92 for the princely sum of 2 in Glasgow and to this day it's my favourite gig of all time. It was hysterical to watch and hysterical to listen to, with the bass player Jim taking a fair amount of abuse from brother Tim, simply because he was fat!

'Sing to God' is an incredibly complex and masterfully executed double album without a dull moment. It's also their hardest hitting, most ambitious, fearless and most difficult listen. One of my all time favourite albums. One for a desert island. Hope you're better Tim... I really miss the Cardiacs.

Dobermensch | 5/5 |


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