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Cardiacs Guns
Unfortunately, Cardiacs' worst release is their most recent one. I sometimes feel as though
I underrate it, but I really never do feel like listening to it over another album of
theirs. But it's by no means bad either, I guess... "Ain't He Messy Though" is my favorite
track, if I remember correctly. I can't wait for the day when Tim Smith is well enough to
record another release, and hopefully top this one, if the time since has been kind to the
band. Their discography deserves a better end.
Cardiacs The Seaside
Although it suffers from poor production and probably Tim Smith's worst vocal performance,
the Seaside would see the first release of (and in many cases the most well-played versions
of) several Cardiacs classics, for example R.E.S.
Spirogyra Bells, Boots and Shambles
I've talked with those who consider this Spirogyra's best, but it doesn't quite reach up there for me. It's quite good though - perhaps a bit more restrained than their earlier work and less outright proggy (quite likely why I don't enjoy it as much). The closing "In the Western World" is a fine epic track, true to Spirogyra's form, and there are no notable shortcomings to really speak of. I just don't get into it as much.
Spirogyra Old Boot Wine
"World's Eyes" is quite possibly the best song the band ever made, but the disc is overall a
little samey and inconsistent, with some sections that drag on a bit and could've used a bit
more of the masterful progressive songwriting displayed throughout St. Radigunds. But it's
still a very fine release and a little different from the band's other material overall.
Initially I found it noticeably worse than Spirogyra's other releases, but it's grown on me
a lot... it might surpass Bells, Boots and Shambles in my eyes, soon.
Spirogyra St. Radigunds
Wonderful progressive folk that (particularly on the first half or so) sounds like you handed a typical 70s prog band folk instruments and a fantastic female vocalist. Prominent bass, violin, and often piano along with acoustic guitar weave my favorite folk album of all time. No track is bad, but my personal favorites are "Cogwheels, Crutches and Cyanide", "Magical Mary" and "The Duke of Beaufoot", which are essentially the album's epics, and the meat of the album. The shorter tracks (even the ones that are essentially long interludes, like Captain's Log) complement them perfectly. Last mention - the lyricism here is often great... I usually
Cutting Pink With Knives Populuxxe
Ridiculously fun, and it only requires an investment of about 25 minutes. It's a little
inconsistent and the beginning is a bit worse than the rest of the album, but everything's
quick enough that it's not a huge deal. Highlights include No Falcons, Airz, and Montreal,
Renegade. Also, there're some cool lyrics. Just don't take anything about it too seriously
and you can probably enjoy this.
Cardiacs Heaven Born and Ever Bright
A little bit of an oddball in Cardiacs' discography, this is pretty much their noisiest record - with a lot of "wall of sound" type songs (see "Anything I Can't Eat") and many infectious choruses (e.g. "Bodysbad"). Aside from that, I kind of have trouble picking out exactly how I feel about it - I like it a bit less than some of their other material but it definitely has its own thing going for it, and there are times when I just feel like I HAVE to listen to it for its incredibly infectious moments. My favorites are "March", "Bodysbad", and "Core".

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    December 4 11:06 AM

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