Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (3 of 4)
Location: Hove, East Sussex United Kingdom


Top Reviewer Ranking: 556,837 - Total Helpful Votes: 3 of 4
Underwater Moonlight...And How ~ Soft Boys
The Soft Boys were one of the best live post-punk acts I ever saw - heavy, eclectic, playful, with a singer like Rasputin the mad monk who ranted some awesomely perverse and intricate lyrics. However, they never escaped the underground. They had two problems: first, they never translated onto record. This, their best, is a great document, but generally sounds too polite, and has a way too clean, over-trebly production. An all-time Top 100 record in my book, this is the one most needing a decent remaster. Second, their material was quite difficult to get a handle on. Unlike other bands of the time, who attempted complete rejection of existing musical forms, Soft Boys foreshadowed the modern… Read more
Untold Things ~ Jocelyn Pook
Untold Things ~ Jocelyn Pook
3.0 out of 5 stars unbold thing, May 17 2002
Warning: this record is not avant-garde. Comparisons to Penderecki and even Nyman are misleading. The tracks are all quite simple and downtempo with unchallenging celt/world sonorities which call to mind a dark Enya. Pook's comments on backward singing and invented languages as if these techniques were something radical I find a bit embarrassing - added to which they don't actually create much of an impression. In fact the whole project has something of a precious feel given that it is so lacking in real boldness. That wouldn't matter if the music was as emotionally charged as some have claimed, but it isn't. There's a kind of occultish spookiness seeping through, but I can get that from… Read more
The Box ~ Van Der Graaf Generator
The Box ~ Van Der Graaf Generator
5.0 out of 5 stars the b(oll)ox, May 8 2002
OK, not a 'clunker review' (see my personal page for clarification) but I have to enthuse about this box set. VdGG were - as all those in the know, er, know - one of the greatest ever prog rock groups. This product puts together a fantastic range of material in an an approriately doomy plasticised card box, and adds a terrific aladdin's cave of a booklet. This is not what counts though. Where The Box really scores is in the decision on what to include to justify putting out a box set in the first place. Too often a decision is made to put out unreleased material. Hence we get something like Genesis Archive which is really inessential and only for completists. The whole box set enterprise is… Read more