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The Best of MB's Early Solo Works

Of the three album's Martyn Bates released on the little known Integrity label, Stars Come Trembling was the brightest gem. He reached the peak of his pop tendencies here, with songs like "Her & Some Heaven" and " The Words of the Haunted" unleashing relentless vocal and guitar hooks; but most of the songs take unexpected turns that take you to refreshing new places with the format. "The Gift of Lieing" is a temple of a ballad, and the elegant "Lightening Following" gently changes tempos in what are like movements (while avoiding any prog rock conventions). What stands out most is some of Martyn Bate's best lyric writing to date and, as always, his remarkable voice. A great album to have come back to the light of day!


Born: 1960 in England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Before, during, and after his partnership with Peter Becker in the early-'80s pop duo Eyeless in Gaza, Martyn Bates pursued a widely varied solo career that ranged from industrial noise to pop balladry to traditional British folk music, and by the late '90s, into a blend of ambient and post-minimalist modern classical music. Throughout it all, Bates has maintained a taste for experimentalism that only rarely overshadows the accessibility of his music. Born in 1960 and raised in a strict Methodist...
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