The Enid
Touch Me


3.5
great

Review

by Aaron W. STAFF
January 20th, 2014 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1979 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A respectable effort in rough conditions, Touch Me shows an unfortunate drop in quality.

With ever-growing fame in their homeland, The Enid was gathering quite the fanbase since the cult hits In The Region of the Summer Stars, and Aerie Faerie Nonsense. The Enid’s growing popularity would gain them a spot on the roster of Pye Records, being one of the most expensive signings by the label. The band was even promised to have its own studio to work in. But financial problems would cripple the label, and was taken over by new management, rushing the band to record a new album. Over two months in 1978, Touch Me was recorded, and was released the following year.

Touch Me, another ambitious album by the band, consisted of two side-long suites, the first being the 22-minute long Charades, cut into four movements. Among the suite were intensive preludes, orchestral interludes, and well done melodic instrumentation. Immediately, the medieval influence heard on Aerie Faerie Nonsense returns once more on Humouresque, the first movement. Cortege, a funeral march, picks up the oboe melody hinted at in the previous movement, added with Renaissance-like drumming. Elegy, a more laid back piece, is more of a solo piece akin to The Lovers from the debut album. Gallavant, the final movement, brings back the upbeat feel of Humouresque, with a dramatic twist added in for good measure. The theme seems to be taken from Bruckner, though the arrangements are as lush one can imagine an Enid arrangement could be.

Albion Fair, a single 16 minute long piece takes up the entire second half of the album. The first part of the suite shows a rather different aspect to The Enid, with the usual lush orchestrations being ditched for a series of soundscapes and overdubs, giving the music a psychedelic touch. Comparisons to Tangerine Dream and Popol Vuh can be made here rather than classical composers such as Mahler or Bartok. The second part is by far the most complex of the musical arrangements that one finds on the album, if not throughout the band's history. Once again we get the polyphonic classical structures as rock band and classical orchestra clash together, at times bonded by the same theme. However one of the main features of this track is the variety of moods that it is able to convey.

Touch Me, a rushed affair by The Enid, managed to expand upon the themes displayed on its predecessors. However, the fact it was recorded in only two months and in their own home studio showed an obvious drop in quality compared to the albums before it. Problems with the sound quality, as well as the two suites being a tad bit too ambitious put a crutch on the album in general. In the situation the band was in, they put in a respectable effort. The tour for the album would do it justice though; similar to Genesis’ And Then There Were Three. Unfortunately, the aforementioned financial problems would cause further problems for The Enid. And even touring wouldn’t get them out of the inevitable.

To be continued…



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Killerhit
January 20th 2014


6012 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

dude elegy is so pretty n jazzy

Killerhit
January 20th 2014


6012 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

there's certainly some jazz-esque chords in there

MeatSalad
January 20th 2014


17457 Comments


sweet review

probably won't listen to this!

SgtPepper
Emeritus
January 20th 2014


4510 Comments


This was a good review. Pretty informative. You're definitely growing. The last review I read of yours I think was a Zappa one which I felt was kind of short and rushed, but it looks like you're more comfortable with writing.

this sounds cool. I'll have to give them a proper listen. POS'd.

Jethro42
January 21st 2014


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For some reason I've missed that review which was a good reading, Fripp.

Jethro42
January 21st 2014


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One thing though, I don't get your Genesis reference. Is it just me or...

Jethro42
January 21st 2014


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ah gotcha! So that Genesis tour was so successful? I like the way your reviews (and vocabulary in the mean time) are informative.

Jethro42
January 21st 2014


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can't tell since the only live song I've heard from (probably) that tour is Burning Rope and I found it quite identical to the original. I'd like pretty much to put my hand on that, for sure.

Jethro42
January 21st 2014


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Genesis live were something from the word go. Btw you gave to ATTWT a 2.5, really?

Jethro42
January 21st 2014


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You got Down and Out and Burning Rope too. But the album is getting old and cheesy pretty fast agreed.

Jethro42
January 21st 2014


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Calling all Stations at a 3!!! Damn

Invisible Touch at a 1.5!!!! Damn

Jethro42
January 21st 2014


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Invisible Touch > Calling all Stations, com on.

Jethro42
January 21st 2014


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In my book, CAS is only a bunch of poorly written ballads. They sound like a neo prog band trying to sound like Genesis. As for Invisible Touch, I dont listen to that album since a long time but there are some decent picks on it.

mandan
January 21st 2014


13409 Comments


Nice review, pos'd.

Jethro42
January 21st 2014


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah they should have stopped with We Can't Dance instead.

JS19
January 21st 2014


7419 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Awesome review man, can't say I even slightly enjoy this album, it's just all over the place but you're an awesome writer

drakefan421
January 21st 2014


192 Comments


itchy aproved. pos´d

JS19
January 21st 2014


7419 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah it absolutely did but an awful lot worse. I still think In The Region did it best, but I like a lot of their newer material as well

Mad.
January 22nd 2014


4794 Comments


Nice review, keep em coming. I would replace he bold with italics or apostrophes though and a lil more critique would be nice ; )

JS19
January 22nd 2014


7419 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah the bold is a bit 'Sputnik review circa 2006' -ish but it's very well written



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