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Cabled Linear Traction

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Pink Floyd once remarked that "Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way". Somehow this quotation seems to describe the music of Hood remarkably accurately. 1994's 'Cabled Linear Traction' carried on from where Bark Psychosis and My Bloody Valentine left off using the former's intensity and desperation combined with the latters's grungy, guitar frenzy. The opening three tracks possess an anthemic quality which could well have brought them deserved success given more airplay but from there the album descends into a maelstrom of musical pieces rather than songs with second track 'Evening Return' being reprised on several occasions throughout the album. The dramatic, apocalyptic 'Untitled #2' bookends the album nicely containing the obligatory doomed lyrics such as "I have tried.. I have failed".
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  Track Listing
01 Norfolk
Standout Track Evening Return
03 (No Title, Just Some Symbols)
04 The Hay Harvest Had Special Charms
05 An Oblique View Of An Irrationally Happy Time
06 Small Town Prejudice
07 Abstracting Electricity
08 A Spell Of Rain
09 Fades To End A Day
10 Fashion Mistake Of The Decade
11 Summers Last Annual
12 Coastal Driftings
13 British Radars
14 Church, Circular
15 Be Nice To Everyone At All Times
16 Finite Differences
17 Highly Competitive Cut Throat World
18 Hurt
19 Untitled #2
20 A Thinly Veiled Excuse For Something More

Standout Track = Standout Track

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Also Recommended:
Bark Psychosis - Replay
Delicate AWOL - Our Genome
Epic45 - Reckless Engineers, Slides, Against The Pull Of Autumn, England Fallen Over EP, May Your Heart Be The Map
Garbarek, Anja - Smiling & Waving
Hood - The Cycle Of Days And Seasons, Cold House, The Lost You EP, Outside Closer, Compilations 1995-2002
Lisp - Cycles
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock, Missing Pieces
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