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Album Review

Ex-Associate Billy Mackenzie was working on the tracks which comprise Beyond the Sun when he committed suicide, leaving this planned comeback bid unfinished; the Cocteau Twins' Simon Raymonde, among others, completed the demos for release, and the results are frequently impressive, if bittersweet. Mackenzie is in fine voice on each of these tracks, which veer between his trademark synth-pop sound and a more contemporary Britpop flavor; while clearly in its rough stages at the time of Mackenzie's death, Beyond the Sun is a potent reminder of his eccentric gifts — he will be missed.


Born: 27 March 1957 in Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

It wouldn't be right to say Billy Mackenzie was merely a special talent. His voice might bear dabs of David Bowie and Scott Walker, but his soulful falsetto shoots clean through any possible comparisons. Depending on your preference, you'll either feel as if you're inside a dream or a nightmare when listening to him. Hear him once and that sound will cling to your memory bank indefinitely. With Alan Rankine as Associates, the man with a four-octave voice and mile-deep soul attained his highest level...
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