21 Songs, 1 Hour 12 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Robyn Hitchcock has rarely had difficulty molding his backing band, the Egyptians, into his perfect instrumental foil, he has also had no trouble casting them aside when his songs demand greater intimacy, as they do on 1990’s all-acoustic Eye. Though Hitchcock was enjoying his highest profile as a major label recording artist, briefly threatening to break through to mainstream success with unconventional alternative hits “Balloon Man” and “Madonna of the Wasps,” he returned to an independent label for the quiet, unencumbered, pastoral beauty of Eye. “Beautiful Girl” expresses a rare upbeat moment of romantic satisfaction, while “Raining Twilight Coast,” “Linctus House” and especially the Lennon-esque “Executioner” ache with love’s difficult twists, turns and betrayals (“I know how Judas felt / But he got paid.” Ouch.) “Queen Elvis” reflects on stardom’s paradoxes regarding fame and loneliness. “Flesh Cartoons” shades towards Hitchcock’s silly side while “Clean Steve” and “Certainly Cliquot” unabashedly embrace it. Reissues of Hitchcock’s work have thrown “bonus tracks” into complicated territory with songs moved, added and subtracted at Hitchcock’s mercurial whim. Despite these discrepancies, the initial vision remains strong and untainted.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Robyn Hitchcock has rarely had difficulty molding his backing band, the Egyptians, into his perfect instrumental foil, he has also had no trouble casting them aside when his songs demand greater intimacy, as they do on 1990’s all-acoustic Eye. Though Hitchcock was enjoying his highest profile as a major label recording artist, briefly threatening to break through to mainstream success with unconventional alternative hits “Balloon Man” and “Madonna of the Wasps,” he returned to an independent label for the quiet, unencumbered, pastoral beauty of Eye. “Beautiful Girl” expresses a rare upbeat moment of romantic satisfaction, while “Raining Twilight Coast,” “Linctus House” and especially the Lennon-esque “Executioner” ache with love’s difficult twists, turns and betrayals (“I know how Judas felt / But he got paid.” Ouch.) “Queen Elvis” reflects on stardom’s paradoxes regarding fame and loneliness. “Flesh Cartoons” shades towards Hitchcock’s silly side while “Clean Steve” and “Certainly Cliquot” unabashedly embrace it. Reissues of Hitchcock’s work have thrown “bonus tracks” into complicated territory with songs moved, added and subtracted at Hitchcock’s mercurial whim. Despite these discrepancies, the initial vision remains strong and untainted.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9 Ratings
9 Ratings
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seriously?

this is one of the few "perfect" albums i've ever heard. it's right there with dark side, ok computer, and velvet underground w/nico. yep... and if you like this one, check out element of light, jerks

lililu ,

It can break your sisters heart.....

This came out when I left home and moved to a strange city. Lonely and scared---"Flesh Cartoons" oozed through my thrift store headphones, making strangeness home. Robyn has a way of making awkwardness feel normal.
L.O.V.E.
Buy it. You have nothing to win and everything to lose.
".....honey, have you got the nerve?"
---Queen Elvis

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