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[a]Woodbine[/a] could well be the West Midlands-based collision of the [a]Cocteau Twins[/a] and [B]Love[/B]'s [B]'Forever Changes'[/B] that you always dreamed of...More on
They're back now, but only just. For here is a music so frail and spindly that, placed in the context of most modern rock'n'roll, barely exists. Still, the most rewarding experiences in life are always the ones that take a bit of effort and, if you can drown out the whispering around you, [a]Woodbine[/a] could well be the West Midlands-based collision of the [a]Cocteau Twins[/a] and Love's 'Forever Changes' that you always dreamed of. If indeed your dreams are that vivid.
The constituent parts that make up this musical melie are simple enough: two guitars, a primitive drum machine and, in singer Susan Dillane, a voice of ethereal clarity, not a million miles from |ber-folkie Sandy Denny or kudos-enriched Young Marble Giants singer Alison Statton. The magic comes in the delivery, for while their most beautiful moments - 'Complete Control' and 'I Hope That You Get What You Want' - are painfully slow, they're also deliciously detailed slices of contemplative pop.
They take patience, they demand concentration. A classic slow-burner, all told.
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