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Witness : Audition

Hardly original on either hand, breaking no new ground whatsoever, yet when his band pipe down, [B]Starkie[/B] at least sounds comfortable and in his element.

A curious record, suggesting the soul of Witness is under siege. "A stitch in time, don't leave it to me, no/'Cos I've got rags where my riches should be". For two minutes, 'Audition' tags such workaday sophistry to just the sort of clotted psychedelic blues that a band so closely implicated with The Verve might be expected to peddle. Then, quite abruptly, Gerard Starkie is left to mourn alone, in a sparsely adorned Nick Drake-stylee. Then the squall stirs up again. Hardly original on either hand, breaking no new ground whatsoever, yet

when

h
is band pipe down, Starkie at least sounds comfortable and in his element.





Point of information: Nick Drake recorded for Island. Didn't sell many records while alive.





JAMES OLDHAM

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