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Track Listing. May 1, Adrian Belew. I See You. Survival in the Wild. Never Enough. Peace on Earth. Burned by the Fire We Make.
Brave New World. Postcard from Holland. May 1, Adrian Belew. He's doing it for the fun, but 'soulful' his songs are not. Not particularly. He's what I call 'moderately original' - a lot of inventiveness in details and stuff, but nothing crucial.
Sometimes the melodies don't work and don't live up to the exaggerated vocals. And still growing - this guy's interests are unpredictable! Overall : 2. Funny - throughout, it seems he doesn't know what the heck he's doing himself, but it's amusing all the same. Adrian's first two solo albums often unavailable as separate entities - there is a compilation called Desire Of The Rhino King or something like Peace On Earth - Adrian Belew - The Acoustic Adrian Belew (CD which combines highlights from the two are somewhat special in that at that point he wasn't yet so anal about separating the "avantgarde" and the "poppy" aspects of his personality and molding them into two distinctly different piles of faeces.
Uh, sorry, two distinctly different shrines of musical reason. Must have been thinking about Kansas. He's a guitar master, all right, but I sure wish he'd come up with real melodies instead of just freaking out. Not exactly 'big shit', even if I did give the record a seven: I don't hate it, and I only find, well, maybe a couple of tunes on here particularly offensive. Moreover, Adrian's photo on the back cover alone is worth the price of acquisition: he's got all his hair firmly in place, some of it even Album) out, and that's a blessing hey, I always have trouble looking at his bald spots.
But, after all, hair is one thing, and music is another: the major problem is that Adrian Belew with all his talents just isn't the omni-potent super-crafter he so obviously thinks himself to Album), and he's far better at creating New Wave-style pop ditties than this kind of stuff. Desire Caught By The Tail is a completely instrumental album, with hardly any vocals to be found, and it is probably deemed as an 'experimental' record - just Belew and his guitar and drum machines, that's all.
Everything he actually does is demonstrate the possibilities of his beloved instrument a thing he'd return to a decade later with the even less critically successful Guitar As Orchestrarunning it through dozens of fuzz boxes, synths and various gadgets to quite an amusing range of effects.
Amusing, but pointless: sometimes you feel as if you were just finding yourself in the midst of a 'presentation', where Adrian displays the latest sound technologies. Thus, it might be interesting to give this one listen, but it has no artistic value whatsoever.
A bit too heavy on rudimentary dance beat patterns, but compensating it with rich vocal melodies. Belew's a good lad. This record really threw Belew into the limelight - well, critical, at least, as I doubt that too many people on the planet have ever heard the name itself.
And, while Mr Music Head is not as tight-gripping or immediately likeable as its more Peace On Earth - Adrian Belew - The Acoustic Adrian Belew (CD follow-up, Young Lionsit's perhaps even more important to those who have a soft spot for Adrian: out of all his records, it's easily the most sincere-going and even autobiographical. Pity he didn't really stick with it for too long.
Belew imitates everybody on here - and the results are smashing. As long as you don't shut off the actual CD. By the early Nineties, Belew had completely assumed the mask of an imitator; but Young Lions is a rather vague record in that respect - inside of concentrating on some particular aspect, Belew works in the vein of just about everybody he can think about. This explains the fact that the material on here ranges from a cover of the Traveling Wilburys to two collaborations with Bowie Belew's former 'master' - Adrian used to play guitar for himand connotations with the Talking Heads, Fifties' pop, and, of course, King Crimson themselves, are found in abundance.
This album suffers. This is, Peace On Earth - Adrian Belew - The Acoustic Adrian Belew (CD, to be frank, total hogwash. But to think of Inner Revolution as a 'Beatles imitation', as some actually do, would be doing the record and the artist a huge disfavour - it's obvious that Adrian can stand no competition, and wouldn't want to in the first place.
Very superfluous and superficial; this is clearly not Peace On Earth - Adrian Belew - The Acoustic Adrian Belew (CD sphere, but he doesn't seem to think so This is the first of two completely acoustic records that Adrian has released in the Nineties the next one was 's Belewprintsand neither of the two add much to his reputation.
To be completely fair and honest, though, none of the two are bad or anything - just somewhat excessive. Also, both have only been in print for a very limited time span, and most of the other time they were only available through direct contact with Adrian's company if I'm not mistaken, it's the regular Crimson label, Discipline.
Selections from both albums have been collected together and placed with several new numbers like 'Fly' and 'Three Of A Perfect Pair' on the compilation Salad Dayswhich seems to be the only 'remainder' of Adrian's acoustic exercises currently in print. I can only maybe find just a few complaints to voice about this album. I guess one or two of these songs aren't as well-written as the others. I also guess the best material on here kinda overshadows the "simply good" one.
That's still no reason to deny this album an objective 10 on the Belewscale. For pure enjoyment, I still prefer Young Lionsbut I sincerely bow my head in this particular case: remember when I said Belew's songwriting abilities were 'mediocre'? Not on this offering from the guy, his last in the 'pure pop' vein.
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