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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.”

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What a journey... Totally love this! Favorites are cuts 2, 5, 8 & 9
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This is the best thing Robyn has done in a long long time. He always has a few good songs on every album, but this one takes me back to the feeling I got with those 80's records of his where I loved the entire album instantly.


Born: March 3, 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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