Friday, October 21, 2011

Julian Cope - World Shut Your Mouth

After The Teardrop Explodes imploded in '83, Julian Cope wasted no time pursuing his own projects and exercising his newly available creative freedom. Because I am a collector, I have most, if not all of his solo output. Unfortunately, I rarely listen to these albums because although they embrace a lot of important ideas about music that are good in theory, the end results are often boring or executed poorly. Taking risks is admirable, but it does not always produce good work. This album came out around the same time as Captain Sensible's The Power of Love, and it would not be hard to make obvious comparisons between the two records. As far as eighties power pop, it just does not get much better than "Elegant Chaos"

Rating: 8.5/10


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