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Someone Else's Party

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As one of the premier exponents of melancholia, Vini Reilly is more qualified than most at expressing genuine grief. The latest in a long line of albums for Durutti Column is partly inspired by the recent death of his mother. Always a master of understatement, Reilly weaves his virtuoso guitar magic through a clutch of laments in a manner that is never cloying or even depressing. Indeed 'Somewhere' and 'Remember' rank alongside his best work from his fertile early 80's period; Reilly's rather frail vocal technique seeming more appropriate than ever. The David Lynch film 'Mulholland Drive' is sampled on the lovely 'Spanish Lament' and 'Vigil' uses a childrens' chant to get its haunting message across. Disappointingly the second half of the album gives way to experimentation such as the noodlesome 'Blue' and the over-busy arrangements of 'No More Hurt' and 'Spasmic Fairy' so it's something of a relief when Reilly breaks from his diversions to allow a guest female singer to take over for 'Drinking Time'. At least the closing 'Goodbye' is a touching reminder of Reilly's craft; a beguiling guitar figure accompanied by a dawn chorus and concluded by an answering machine message from his mother. Somehow being sad always suited this fellow.
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  Track Listing
01 Love Is A Friend
02 Spanish Lament
03 Somewhere
04 Somebody's Party
05 Requiem For My Mother
Standout Track Remember
07 Vigil
08 Blue
09 No More Hurt
10 Spasmic Fairy
11 American View
12 Drinking Time
13 Woman
14 Goodbye

Standout Track = Standout Track

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