Thursday, July 15, 2010

Felt - The Splendour of Fear (1984)

For those of you who are not acquainted, let me tell you plainly: Felt were the greatest band to have ever existed on the planet. Felt consisted, in their initial incarnation on Cherry Red Records, of two key members: Lawrence Hayward (or just Lawrence, by preference), the brainchild and song-writer, and Maurice Deebank, a classically-trained guitarist and general technician for the band. Maurice Deebank has some amazing and profound solo recordings which I'll eventually get around to posting at some point, but for now let's focus on Felt's The Splendour of Fear

The Splendour of Fear is one Felt album of particular importance. It has no peers, either in its time, nor to this day. It is a truly unique creation and stands apart even from Felt's later work. The song titles, like all Felt song titles are evocative and meaningful and feel like they have some relationship to and further embellish the songs themselves. The music itself is subtly epic. It ebbs and flows as artifice reproducing the natural world and contains within its pulsating veins all the beauty subsumed within. It calls to mind great voyages: The Santa Maria de la Inmaculada ConcepciĆ³n sailing proudly across the Atlantic, The the unflinching boldness of the westward expansion into unexplored territory, the conquistadors, entire histories. It is the alluring soundtrack to affairs of ages past. This is truly a timeless album and one of the finest works of art in modern composition.

Rating: 10/10


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