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Old 04-30-2022, 08:15 PM   #211 (permalink)
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Yes, I misunderstood. Go ahead and review everyone! It's music. Good review, horrible review, makes no difference to me. I like it, and that's good enough!

I forgot to post a review of the Al Stewart disc. I give it a 8.5/10. I liked it.

I didn't know the man existed. It was a part of the 70's music scene that I missed. I'm surprised my father didn't have this record in the house. I'm sure I would have picked it up and listened to it on my own.

I'm a sucker for a good saxophone solo.

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Old 05-01-2022, 05:12 AM   #212 (permalink)
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No problem. We all make mistakes.

SGR, the review and delighted you like it so much. You surely though have heard
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Old 05-01-2022, 05:48 AM   #213 (permalink)
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(In the strange foreign hypothetical universe where Trollheart didn’t approve me submitting a house mix for nomination to this album club, I may or may not have awarded this album an 8/10 instead )
I'm beginning to believe there is another, parrallel universe: one has the Time Passages album that you and TH listened to and one has the Time Passages album that I heard. They surely can't be the same album.
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Old 05-01-2022, 06:00 AM   #214 (permalink)
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SGR, the review and delighted you like it so much. You surely though have heard
I still say Year of The Cat is better
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:11 AM   #215 (permalink)
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SGR, the review and delighted you like it so much. You surely though have heard
Damn, that song is brilliant. Guess I know which Stewart album to listen to next. And no actually, I have not heard that before. Granted, I'm also only 27 from northern New England.
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Old 05-01-2022, 12:40 PM   #216 (permalink)
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My thoughts on Electric Lucifer:

the first track rules. like a bunch of electronic birds grooving, with some extra weird blips.
I dig the ominous sounds that open the second track, I don't really care for the spoken word over it but then we get nice harmonic singing with more great electronic pulses and buzzing.
I really like the muffled percussion that kicks off the third track. And the tinkling sounds too, they give great texture. There's also something that sounds like a distorted organ which I'm into. I like this in the same way as I often like psychedelic or oriental music. I don't really care for the melody here but who cares if there's so much else going on.
Hell yes then we get sweepy broom percussion and drony sounds. White noise. A baroque electronic bit like Bach on a synth. Heavily distorted clown music. Hypnotic eeriness. And we're only 12 minutes in at this point lol.
What follows is a pretty straightforward song, but through electronic distortion like it comes from under water.
Again some amazing percussion for the next song, which actually appears to be a distorted string instrument, a guitar? This grooves really hard.
I like the didgeridoo sounds on the next track, and the way it keeps changing its mind about what chord it's in.
The next song sounds a bit like a 1967 George Harrisson concoction.
What follows is the first one I don't get enthusiastic about. Meh to lyrics like 'universe.. one poem...love...' or that it tries to teach me how to spell 'devil'.
The multi-layered chaos of the next track is great. Then spooky wind sounds. More great percussion. This sounds quite like typical psychedelic music, but at its very best. The vocals should have been scrapped though.
After all that, it's a good choice to sound quiet, with a few bells and voices. It develops into a straightforward melody, with more groovyness, and then it swerves back in a great organic way towards psychedelia, and back again.
Really great, groovy, whimsical album. 9/10
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I still say Year of The Cat is better
One of the very first albums I owned was Year of the Cat. I was just a kid so I mostly played the title song -- as far as I remember. Another great song by Al Stewart is Sirens of Titan inspired by the Kurt Vonnegut story of the same name.

Sirens of Titan
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Damn, that song is brilliant. Guess I know which Stewart album to listen to next. And no actually, I have not heard that before. Granted, I'm also only 27 from northern New England.
Wow, how I envy you, hearing this for the first time. Yeah it's a fantastic classic, and yet was never a hit. Go figure as you guys say.
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One of the very first albums I owned was Year of the Cat. I was just a kid so I mostly played the title song -- as far as I remember. Another great song by Al Stewart is Sirens of Titan inspired by the Kurt Vonnegut story of the same name.

Sirens of Titan
Like I said I think in my review, Al Stewart is the greatest songwriter you've never heard of. Kind of think Jackson Browne but more obscure.
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Old 05-01-2022, 08:34 PM   #219 (permalink)
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As for the Electric Lucifer album, I think it will take me a few listens to fully appreciate it. I admit, blips and beeps aren't usually my cup of tea. I've had trouble listening to Radiohead's later works for that reason.

That said, I'll give it a 7/10. I can definitely see it as a soundtrack to some futuristic movie. It's definitely something I'd play while working, which isn't a bad thing.
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Well, rubber soul, you have really come up with a curiosity here! If we were giving club members points for what they selected, you’d get 10/10 for finding this quirky obscurity.

Unfortunately, the music itself doesn’t score quite so highly. It’s a very individualistic excursion into the possibilities of electronic music – apparently from the early days when musicians like Wendy Carlos were discovering how best to use their new instruments. Bruce H’s album really jumps around between genres; I noticed classical, disco pop (probably pre-dating disco pop itself), Beatles-in-India psychedelia, proto-Krautrock, early Floyd, with a kids’ singalong song and a bit of Christmas carol thrown in right at the end for good measure. To put all that together in one album is an achievement: special bowdown to the track about 18 mins in, which has Penny-Lane type trumpets over an electro-Aboriginal rhythm section. Full credit to Bruce H for conceiving of, then executing such an eclectic sound.

Of course, a lesson we learn from science but sometimes forget when we talk of “experimental music” is that some experiments succeed and some don’t – and that’s how I felt about Electric Lucifer: extremely inventive from start to finish, but some parts sound a little laughable to me, while there are other short moments of wonderfully soaring or collapsing sound that made me think of Tangerine Dream.

As for the lyrics, they seemed to fall into 3 styles, with the best (imo) at the top:
i) So modified by electronics that I couldn’t really work them out
ii) Very of-its-era singing which was ok, but with rather too many profound declarations about Love, etc. for my liking.
iii) Spoken word

Will I play this album again? Definitely, just because it is so weird! 8.5/10
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