Favorite

Robyn Hitchcock: Love From London (Yep Roc) 

Robyn Hitchcock, Britain's crown prince of eccentric songwriters, steps away from the jangly alternative rock of his recent work into darker, more psychedelic territory.

After three records with the Venus Three (R.E.M.'s Peter Buck on guitar, the Minus Five's Scott McCaughey on bass and Ministry's Bill Rieflin on drums), the 60-year-old Hitchcock turned to producer/engineer Paul Noble to guide his new album. The resulting transformation adds dabs of funk, hip-hop, electronica and synthy industrial rock into the mix.

 Love From London starts with the beguiling one-two punch of "Harry's Song" and "Be Still," the record's darkest and lightest songs set side by side. The shock in moving from the moody, ominously pounding piano chords to breezy acoustic guitar and cello plays right into Hitchcock's hand.

From there, the kaleidoscope of sound keeps turning: the drug tale "Stupefied" bounces with some hip-hop flair; "Strawberries Dress" hearkens back to Hitchcock's Soft Boys era; "Death & Love" is an electro-folk hybrid; "Fix You" blasts off into spaceman-Bowie territory; the darkly sensual "My Rain" sounds like late-career Leonard Cohen.

 At times on Love From London, it seems that Hitchcock puts the emphasis on sound rather than songwriting, a tough pill to swallow for those who appreciate him for lyrical wit and insight above all else. But in refocusing his creativity, Hitchcock gives a reminder that it takes more than lyrics to remain a relevant and evolving musical entity for four decades.

More by Eric Swedlund

  • Beyond the Blues

    Adia Victoria tackles Southern identity, womanhood and her tumultuous 20s on killer debut
    • Feb 16, 2017
  • Black Heart Procession

    Tucson’s Hank Topless on documenting the drama of being alive
    • Feb 9, 2017
  • Take The Highway

    Rich Hopkins talks old Sand Rubies, new Luminarios, and life in Texas
    • Jan 26, 2017
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

The Range

Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr On Why The Small Faces' 'Tin Soldier' Makes Him Fall in Love With Rock 'N' Roll Again and Again ...

P.P. Arnold, Ronnie Lane, Steve Marriott, Glyn Johns, Kenny Jones, Ian "Mac" McLagan, Billy Sedlmayr

Painting for Pups

Here’s Your Chance to Win Thousands of Dollars

More »

Latest in Rhythm & Views

  • Rhythm & Views

    American Monoxide “In Flight Mode” (People In A Position To Know)
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Rhythm & Views

    Wight Lhite “Beyond the Satellites” (Paisley Shirt Records)
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Noise Annoys

    Tribulance writes in,gets ink
    • Feb 9, 2017
  • Noise Annoys

    Levine gets a girl and things are Golden
    • Feb 23, 2017
  • More »

Facebook Activity

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation