Actually, the name of this record continues for much longer than I?ve suggested above and, its words surrounding a drawing of a pyramid, takes up one side of the cover. Finally, someone has outdone Fairport Convention?s mammoth song title about Sir B. Mackenzie for sheer word count!
For the opening thirteen minutes, I thought I was in for an album of drone ? and very lovely drone at that: a shimmering lake of it with chiming high guitars sailing on top. Then things changed, turning towards songs with a John?s Children/early Tyrannosaurus Rex feel and a Bolan-esque warble crossed with minimal pop from the realm where the 4 track portastudio sounds a bit too much like over-production.
There?s a lovely and mysterious quality to these songs and I was drifting off on the timeless feel of it when something brought me back to now?. I wasn?t bothered by the lo-ness of the fi, but I could happily do without the ?dit-di-dit? of a nearby mobile ?phone during track 4. I should also inform you that a couple of songs appear on the left channel only, just in case you think the wire has fallen out of your r/h speaker!
If you?re looking for polished sounds, you won?t find them here. What you will hear is some really beautiful song ideas. On the sleeve you?ll see the suggestion that ?this song is to be listened to while meditation is happening? and the whole album could, I think, lead to a rather fine state of mind. 7/10 -- John Cavanagh (5 February, 2008)