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Album Review

For his second solo album, Robyn Hitchcock decided to work with producer Steve Hillage, a former member of Gong. Under his guidance, Hitchcock made an album that smoothed out his rough edges and obscured his quirks under layers of saxophones, trumpets, and processed guitars. Beneath the stilted production lay some of Hitchcock's weakest songs, most of which were underdeveloped melodically and lyrically. Some of the songs are worthwhile — "The Cars She Used to Drive" is the best stab at slick new wave pop, while "Fifty Two Stations" and "St. Petersburg" are powerful — but most of the album is simply lifeless. After its release, Hitchcock retired from music for nearly three years. In 1986, he released an alternate version of Groovy Decay, comprised mostly of songwriting demos, called Groovy Decoy.


Born: March 03, 1953 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. Despite having been persistently branded as eccentric or quirky for much of his career, Hitchcock has continued to develop his whimsical repertoire, deepen his surreal catalog, and expand his devoted audience beyond the boundaries of cult stature. He is among alternative rock's father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest inspiration). Starting...
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