Long awaited reissue here from David Axelrod, who made a touching tribute to poet William Blake in Song of Innocence. Deceptive in its welcoming, cozy melodic furniture, it becomes an odd, illusory piece of work, infused with unexpected chords, jazzy timbres and baroque displacements. Axelrod's songs never end up the same ones you stepped into; this is a classic of both another time and place.
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10/10 Tom Customer review, 16th August 2018
They need to posthumously put David Axelrod in the hip hop hall of fame because his debut album Songs of Innocence (supposedly a paean to William Blake's eponymous set of poems) is chock full of incredible instrumentation that has been repeatedly dissected and looped by the likes of DJ Shadow, Dr Dre, Madlib, De La Soul and countless others. Combining an incredible rhythm section with overblown strings and a variety of timber instruments, harpsichords and lord knows what else, Axelrod made inexplicably funky, heavy, almost psychedelic lounge music, pioneering an (at the time) unusual fusion of rock, jazz, R&B, and exotica. A fantastic record to throw on for pretty much any occasion, it's bound to get heads nodding and arses wiggling.
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