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Album Review

Humroot is notably more staid than previous albums by Shelleyan Orphan. The conventional use of drums, bass and electric guitars suggest an attempt to compose more mainstream (pop) songs, although the studied orchestral arrangements of their prior efforts remain, as do their breathy (and lyrically oblique) harmonies. "Burst" shows the influence of the Cure, with whom the band toured (two Cure members play on the album) and is an upbeat delight, but on the whole Humroot is grim and overbearing. This is the least satisfying (and presumably final) release by the band.

Customer Reviews


This album is definitely different from the previous, but special in its own way. The songs capture moments of existence.


I love every song on this album. Lyrics and music are whimsical and fun..a must have for the summer ;)


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

It was in 1980 that Caroline Crawley (vocals/clarinet) and Jemaur Tayle (acoustic guitar/vocals) first met in their home-town of Bournemouth, England, and discovered they had a mutual appreciation of the poet Shelley. Consequently they took the name of their band from his poem ‘Spirit Of Solitude’. Neither of them could read or write music, or play any of their chosen instruments so, in 1982, Crawley quit her ‘A’ Level studies and they moved to London in search of a string section and oboist, with...
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