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Tromsø, Kaptein

Robyn Hitchcock

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Initially released on a Norwegian label for the Norwegian market (and named after a city at the country’s northern end), Tromso, Kaptein is a sign that Robyn Hitchcock isn’t slowing down or losing anything from his delivery; here he assembles eight new tracks and two remakes into another solid, enjoyable release. “Raining Twilight Coast,” originally from the all-acoustic Eye collection, adds a stirring cello and gorgeous reverb that envelop Hitchcock’s voice to perfection. “Goodnight Olso” (“Godnatt Oslo”) also highlights Jenny Adejeyan’s gently sawing cello for a noir-scape that’s purely sinister. Among the new offerings, “Light Blue Afternoon” has a cascading flow reminiscent of the stellar Element of Light. With its breezy touch, “Old Man Weather” recalls The Zombies’ “Time of the Season.” While much has been made of Hitchcock’s songwriting, it bears mentioning just how great a singer he is. He dominates these songs, drawing listeners into his web with an engrossing sense of unease on “Erasing Your Life” and “The Abyss.”

Customer Reviews

another gem

How many albums does this guy have to do to cease being 'cult' and be accepted by the 'mainstream' ?
Well that's ok by me as the 'mainstream' is ghastly. This jewel of England is always worth a listen.
Lyrically ahead of everyone. Misquoted and misunderstood perhaps. Like licquorice he'll never be rich
in anything but flavour. 'Dismal City', 'Old Man Weather', 'August in Hammersmith', 'The Abyss' floated my boat down.
But why this obsession with Norway ?

Biography

Born: 03 March 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...
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