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Despite its slightly tinny production, the opening track on this double CD is a progressive pop gem referencing Jethro Tull, Stackridge and The Cardiacs and is obviously aiming for some kind of 'King Henry 8th on Ice' pomposity. Luckily, perhaps, by track two the whole thing has settled down a bit, some madcap arrangements mix with brilliant Byrdsian melodies. The album is a sprawling thing,t ...

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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 03 September 2010

Despite its slightly tinny production, the opening track on this double CD is a progressive pop gem referencing Jethro Tull, Stackridge and The Cardiacs and is obviously aiming for some kind of 'King Henry 8th on Ice' pomposity. Luckily, perhaps, by track two the whole thing has settled down a bit, some madcap arrangements mix with brilliant Byrdsian melodies. The album is a sprawling thing,track three 'Autoblue' is completely electronic, 'Alphaville' a superb pop song ...imagine the Stone Roses crossed with 'Andorra' era Caribou. Yet even at their straightest they go off on a techno feast half way through with post rock guitars suddenly bellowing out of nowhere. The album is hard to get a handle on and in the limited time we have here I am unable to dissect all 17 tracks (I'm not even going to attempt the 30 minute title track on the second CD). Surprisingly its the Sunday Telegraph who have summed it up best describing it as a mix of 'The Beta Band, early Stone Roses, gloomy Mancunian electronica, west coast psychedelia, krautrock'. I'd also venture comparison with the progressive likes of Mew, Oh No Ono.


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