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Editors’ Notes

With the proliferation of the alt.country movement in the late-‘90s and early ‘00s, many artists with nearby ties (Graham Parker, Mojave 3, Asteroid #4) found themselves stepping over the line and trying out a roots-oriented approach. UK singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock had the acoustic part down, having made several substantial stripped down albums over the years (1984’s I Often Dream of Trains, 1990’s Eye and 2003’s Luxor, so it wasn’t much of a stretch for him to employ alt.country stars Gillian Welch and David Rawlings for a six day recording session in Nashville to hear what the collaboration could inspire. It’s not the alt.country experience you might expect. There are no pedal steel guitars whipping past the tumbleweeds and the harmonies never head towards traditional country fare. Hitchcock knocks things askew with his usual lyrical irreverence (“Some people are lost / They wake up in foil and permafrost” he sings for “Everybody Needs Love”). The Dylan cover, “Tryin’ to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door,” shows Hitchcock’s “spooked” side, as he sounds resigned to life’s fatality, while “Creeped Out” works a groovy, stalking beat. Nashville never penetrates this British songster’s tough exterior.

Customer Reviews

I love.

Admittedly, I am a fan of anything Robyn Hitchcock has done over his long and varied career, but with as much objectivity as I can muster, I say this record is one of the better ones he's released in the past ten years. The album title is indicative of the arrangements, and the harmonies are hauntingly lovely. Check this one out.

Spooked

Ok, Admittedly, I'm a huge fas as well. I got this cd, listened once or twice, and it didn't click right away,...but, hell,...I been listening in my car to all Robyn Hitchcock, big collage,...and the tunes on this cd stand out like glowsticks on a pile of coal. The tenderness of the sound, the hinted background vocals of Gillian Welsh, awsome. This is, some of the best stuff I have heard of hitchcock since some of the great stuff on Eye, and Jewels for Sophia. If you like this guy, Buy!!!!!

loverly

Really grows on you- Television is one of the best songs he's done. Gil & Dave add wonderful touches and rubs.

Biography

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...
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