The Enid
Six Pieces


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron W. STAFF
January 27th, 2014 | 32 replies


Release Date: 1979 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Turn the key deftly in the oiled wards and seal the hushed casket of my soul...

Less than a year after the release of Touch Me, The Enid were once again in the studio, recording their fourth album, Six Pieces. In fact recordings took place with the band knowing that they would not have any financial backing from the label to promote the album, this become the band’s first self-funded album. This would become the standard for the band, and still is to this day. Furthermore, the album was a departure from the lengthy pieces, with short, independent works taking its place. Once again, The Enid put forth a concept album (loosely speaking), this time about the band members themselves.

Opening the album is Punch and Judy Man, a schizoid piece of music, features the band at their rockiest, and is as close as the band would come to being actual progressive rock. A notable feature is the odd prominence of drums, supplied by newcomer Robbie Dobson. Once She Was, the band’s interpretation of Scarborough Fayre (a traditional Yorkshire ballad), is marred by bland synthesizers, though it manages to pick up in the second half of the track. The Ring Master, while playful in melody, plods along for six minutes. The circus-themed track simply fails in capturing the interest of the listener, something rare for The Enid.

Sanctus, a religiously themed piece, has a heavy Vangelis influence to it, rather than the usual classical inspiration that is commonplace on The Enid’s albums. Hall of Mirrors, the climatic piece of the album, hints at the use of an orchestra, though the piece is dominated by lush guitar work. The Dreamer, opens with layered effects akin to Albion Fair, though it is more percussive this time around. The main theme however, is what the title suggests, with everything moving at a languid and mellow pace. Nowhere to be found is the heavy percussion and the clashing of instruments, but only the marriage of the solemn keyboards and mournful guitars. It is the apex of not only the album, but of the original incarnation of The Enid.

As it was during the recording of Touch Me, Six Pieces was a rushed recording, even more than it was last time. It would be the last album the band would record for Pye Records, as they’d be dropped soon after the release of Six Pieces. Not long after that, guitarist Francis Lickerish would unsuccessfully try to take artistic control of the band. This would result in his departure, taking keyboardist William Gilmour with him in the process. For the time being, the loss of two vital band members would signal the end of The Enid.

To be continued...?



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Mad.
January 27th 2014


4794 Comments


Great review man, your best yet! It's awesome how you weave in the band's history with descriptions of the music.
If I had to make one suggestion I'd say perhaps throw in a couple of adjectives like "excellent" "great", "beautiful" or maybe "terrible" for example just to show that the track is good or bad - it worked well when you said The Ring Master "plods along" and "fails."

Mad.
January 27th 2014


4794 Comments


Why's that yo?

Mad.
January 27th 2014


4794 Comments


Why's that yo?

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


14652 Comments


damn man I always see you jamming this band on last fm

good review, pos'd

Digging: Jeromes Dream - LP

drakefan421
January 27th 2014


192 Comments


is this that kind of prog that drags ? i bet it is

drakefan421
January 27th 2014


192 Comments


ok man ill check this out when i hit 40 years old and my life is boring as fuck like this album

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


14652 Comments


but overall was the review good or bad?

JS19
January 27th 2014


7419 Comments


Not heard this one but your reviews are getting better and better dude!

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


14652 Comments


yeah frip you are getting good at reviewing.

you applied for contrib?

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


14652 Comments


I would apply man, but my no reviews is sorta a hinderance

drakefan421
January 27th 2014


192 Comments


what you mean man? youre my baby , not kelsey

drakefan421
January 27th 2014


192 Comments


anywhoo... best review ive seen today. im gonna double pos with my other alt.

drakefan421
January 27th 2014


192 Comments


yeah little nigga.you deserve it.

drakefan421
January 27th 2014


192 Comments


yeah little nigga.you deserve it.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


14652 Comments


yeah this is better than the last green day review

Jethro42
January 27th 2014


15969 Comments


Jethro and Nag should apply, spreading the word of prog

Thanks, but I directly depend on Nag in term of making some quality reviews.

Review was well written, Fripp. Pos.



Mad.
January 27th 2014


4794 Comments


Basically Spooky's critisism is the Me as mine but more long winded ; )

And about TSATS, that concept sounds intriguing. It's cool that so many Enid albums have these concepts, I really need to dig deeper into the band, gotta get me some of their CDs

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


14652 Comments


CONCEPT BASED

BASED ENID?

yeah sorry for that continue with your conversation

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


14652 Comments


YEAH I GET IT

OMG FRIP IM LIVING MY LIFE IN FEAR OF THE BAN......................

it could come at any moment

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014


14652 Comments


What's a woman going to do but throw away her bread ????

HER FEET ARE FEELING FUNNY AS SHE LIES BENEATH THE BED



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