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 Post subject: Roy Wood - Boulders
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:41 am 
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Having been kicked out of his own band, the former leader of The Move either went over the deep end or just simply decided he was going to completely amuse himself in the studio for his solo debut in 1973. Roy pulled out all the stops for Boulders.

Either way, the world is a better place for it.

The stylistic ground covered on the album is dizzying, and it's the way it's covered -- with a pastiche of symphonic glory and marshmallows -- is a stroke of genius. The album opens with what appears, at first to be a straight-ahead gospel-inflected rocker with "Songs Of Praise". But that notion is quickly dispelled by the chorus of sped-up, chipmunk Roy voices that sing harmony in the chorus. That's folloed up with the sleepy-eyed "Wake Up", which features percussion provided by a hand splashing in a bowl of water.

The rest of the album follows suit, as every whim is indulged. The country hoedown of "When Gran'ma Plays the Banjo", to "The Irish Loafer and His Hen" and the pedal steel-led "Rockin' Shoes" (which sounds like it could be a countrified Move outtake).

It's a warped masterpiece of the highest order.
If Roy Wood followed his muse right over the cliff... he landed in a humongous pile of feathers and cookies, where we can all frolic together.

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