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3.77 | 654 ratings

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4 stars 4.5 out of 5, a fantastic LP which cemented this reviewers love affair with the band post Brave.

The album begins with a wall of sound on Gazpacho, with Kelly providing fine keyboards, and then continues in frenetic fashion with Cannibal Surf Babe, a fine example of a band breaking free of its shackles and producing something genuinely different. What were they taking?

Beautiful is a great ballad single, and you still have the hairs on the back of your neck listening to Rothery's opening chords to Hogarth's emotive singing.

Afraid of Sunrise is a pleasant, quite, reflective piece, whilst Out of this World is a fine, slow moving tribute to Donald Campbell - the family asked for this to be played when his vehicle was discovered.

The tempo is upped on Afraid of Sunlight, whilst Beyond You builds the listener up to the LP's tour de force, King. If there has ever been a more glorious noise than the ending to this, I would like to hear it - King Crimson, eat your chords out!

Again, Rothery makes a vital contribution to this LP, as he does to all the best works. That is not, however, to denigrate the rest of the band's contribution. As with Brave, this is a collective effort, and all pull together.

The sleeve notes state that this album was knocked out - what would it have been with a slow recording process?

This was the end of the band's first stint with EMI, and remains a fine work. Strongly recommended to all of you who cannot see beyond Fugazi.

lazland | 4/5 |


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