The Enid
Something Wicked This Way Comes


5.0
classic

Review

by Aaron: Non-contributor USER (44 Reviews)
February 5th, 2014 | 35 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes...

With the dawn of the eighties came more turmoil for The Enid. Most of the band members would end up departing for other musical ventures. By 1982, only two would be left to go on. Left to carry the burden were Robert John Godfrey (keyboardist) and Stephen Stewart (guitarist), who both would relocate to Clare, Suffolk, setting up a new recording studio, known as “The Lodge”. Following years of legal battles, the duo set their sights on recording their first album as an independent band, now free of label interference. Rejoining the band was Chris North, who’d participate as a session drummer for the recording. New to an Enid record would be two things: the use of vocals, and the introduction of Stephen Stewart at lead guitar. With the pieces in place, The Enid would put out their highest selling LP yet.

Something Wicked This Way Comes continues the (unofficial) tradition of the concept album, this time being loosely based on nuclear war, and attempts to unmask the reality behind the situation and its potential impact on life as we know it. Album opener Raindown takes hold of said concept, and manages to capture the paranoia and fears of society over a six minute interval; Godfrey’s vocals serve shroud doom-laden descriptions of the destruction brought forth by the bombs, and the subsequent fallout that comes with it. Jessica moves away from the frightening concept, to present a tribute the birth of friend’s child, hence the title. Here, Stewart is given the spotlight, putting a joyous guitar track on tape. However, from then on, the nuclear war concept takes an absolute and firm grip on the album, and onto the listener. Then There Were None describes the raindown of the bombs, and the impact it has on a person, portraying a gruesome reality; while it seems like any of this wouldn’t pan out well, it is able to work quite well.

On Something Wicked This Way Comes, something happens to be missing, and that particular thing is the prominent classical influence. Yes, while present on Jessica, it is hardly present, being discarded for a more pop-oriented sound, while staying true to the classic Enidian sound. Evensong continues in a mournful direction, while foreshadowing the motif of the title track. Bright Star and Song for Europe serve as the calm before the storm, the former being a reprise of sorts, as well being a rather serene track. The latter however, is much louder in dynamics, and builds up over time. Aggressive in theme, the overdubbed brass and woodwinds are very similar to Mike Oldfield’s music; With the tribal pounding slowly fading out, the grand finale is only on the horizon. Something Wicked This Way Comes ends the album on a lengthy note, with there being a heavy focus on the trio. Gentle in introducing the epic, it only builds up to an emotional climax that puts each individual member in the spotlight, one by one. The comedown from said climax calmly ends the album, ending the beautiful piece in true Enid fashion.

Following the release of Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Enid would go on what would be their most successful tour yet. The 156 tour dates over Europe would prove essential to the band’s success, allowing for Something Wicked This Way Comes to become their best-selling record yet, despite only being available at shows and by mail order. The success of the new LP would introduce The Enid to new audiences, attracting many due to its accessibility music-wise. Whereas previous albums focused both on individual aspects of the band, this album showcases the band’s first group effort, with each member carrying the heavy load. The three year hiatus may have been what the band really needed to come back stronger than ever, and to release an album of this magnitude surely supports the claim. The one burning question however: could they keep the hot streak going?

To be continued…



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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2014


16026 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

could never really love this record but after reading that I'll try it again, pos

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2014


16026 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh bad news on poor robert tho, alzheimers

CaptainDooRight
February 5th 2014


29426 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

swee auto pos'd as promised

but rev is solid

didn't really dig this tho, amifax?

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Mad.
February 5th 2014


3866 Comments


Whaaaaaa? Damn that's awful, one of the worst things that can happen to someone...

On a lighter note, great review, every one is better than the last - your Invicta review is gonna be god-tier

MeatSalad
February 5th 2014


14590 Comments


good review dawg, considering how long its taking me to check summer stars ill probably never get around to this

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2014


1880 Comments


This album actually has vocals? In that case I definitely need to check the record out, especially given that I thought all Enid records were completely instrumental. Very good review by the way, looking forward to your coverage of the rest of the band's discography. Also, your photo taken from Swans' debut album (I think?) is pretty cool.

Yes, I believe Godfrey will overcome the unfortunate case of Alzheimer's, may his strength become mighty and quash the illness.

Mad.
February 5th 2014


3866 Comments


@Fripper or if you review them before that, you could review Reset when it comes out and get a feature eh

Is it possible to overcome Alzheimer's? :

CaptainDooRight
February 5th 2014


29426 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yee man, i mean are you guys still hybrid pluggin'

im in the death plug like everyday but i just use it for streaming music on me own

fromtheinside
February 5th 2014


18363 Comments


this band has some cool jams from what i've heard. nice review btw

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CaptainDooRight
February 5th 2014


29426 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

right on, then maybe ill just keep doin my thang then, yeah sometimes i just wanna jam me own stuffs at me own pace, :D

itchybutthole
February 5th 2014


2491 Comments


pls tell me this doesnt drag like 90% of classic prog

spookynewghostfriend
February 5th 2014


3973 Comments


last time i said it read more like a documentation and archive more than a review, and this still does. But i mean its very clear you are doing a series so wtvr. This is written superbly have a pos friend =]

MeatSalad
February 5th 2014


14590 Comments


pls tell me this doesnt drag like 90% of classic prog


jam tales from topographic oceans

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2014


16026 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

too true, topographic drags terrible and i like prog, it would send him into a catatonic state

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2014


16026 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i have the vinyl of it and i fear there are still pristine grooves on it even after all these years

itchybutthole
February 5th 2014


2491 Comments


idk prog scares the shit out of me

Jethro42
February 5th 2014


12456 Comments


sweee review

Jethro42
February 5th 2014


12456 Comments


swee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYiXXRFnUUA

Jethro42
February 5th 2014


12456 Comments


If you're that greedy...

Jethro42
February 5th 2014


12456 Comments


''I should probably upload the discog on soundcloud''

What discog are you talking about?



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