'el!' of an album.....(!)
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 11/10/2009 02:40:28
Courageously operating on the borders, Always - along with Klaxon 5 - were probably the best of the 'el!' groups. Certainly the most representative and recognisable of the rock orthodoxy - whatever the implications of that are.
Always are always Richard Wright, who looks like a young, un-fat Steve MacDonald. He's a delicately polite, un-savage man; far removed from the vagaries of the world-of-rock apes and cheerfully peddling his particular, darting innuendo with so much nonchalance and mirth.
Contradiction? Wright has some great songs: how fantastic it is to hear 'Amateur Detection' again. I can only pray you get some sense of it: delicate, ironic, slight... the list is long and pointless. You need to feel that aching bass-line; taste those sparse strings; drown in those florid lyrics...
But 'TVLC' isn't a one-trick pony. It brims with ideas and decadent creativity. With fingertip control, Wright picks his way through stormers (ok, quiet stormers) , cheeky ballads, pop, weaving instrumentals, jazz...he's bloody heroic!
The mid to late 80's became all a-quiver with loud, mountainous rock, which has pretty much continued until now. The brilliance of post-punk could never have lasted because in general, rock musicians are inordinately thick and idle. Meaning mosh-pit diving, crass lyrics and staunch fist-clenching are a lot easier to achieve than worth, stately-ness, and refreshment. In other words; you would never have seen Always being pompous and idiotic at Glastonbury, V or any other music crematorium horror-show. Too dignified ..too much up top. Too much The Monocled Mutineer.
'TVLC' isn't as aggressive as my review, it isn't obstinate or unbridled music; it doesn't care the world is at Reading --- Richard Wright is at home, with his hot-water bottle and Horlicks, getting ready for the umpteenth viewing of 'Brideshead Revisited'.
Intelligence is forlornly absent in many and they are therefore lost.
Wright is distant Olivier to today's cave-man Jim Carrey; adroit Kenneth Williams to intimidating Frankie Boyle...
It's about degrees.. Always is.
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