Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Guy Chadwick - Crystal Love Song (Lazy, Soft & Slow,1998)

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How often has a songwriter emerged from a bout of severe writer's block with such remarkable beauty? Former House of Love frontman Guy Chadwick has done just that in this low-key debut -- a gorgeous and seemingly effortless collection of breezy love songs. Many of the tracks would have fit well on any House of Love record; the only differences are the dashes of accordian, keyboards, and pedal steel tastefully added to Chadwick's songs, and the lack of rock guitar. Robin Guthrie's(Cocteau Twins' man) warm production serves these gentle songs wonderfully, and Guy's backing musicians complement him masterfully (Guthrie also played bass on eight songs). Lazy, Soft and Slow breaks no new ground, and nothing here tops such House of Love greats as "Shine On" or "Christine," but that couldn't have been Chadwick's intent. If you adore the Harvest-mode Neil Young or favor the "Pale Blue Eyes" side of the Velvet Underground, this album should warm your soul for many Sunday mornings to come.
One of the greatest and most underrated geniuses of brit pop. This album is magic, and the title says everything about the music: it's Lazy, Soft & Slow.

Crystal Love Song

Crystal is distant, those eyes that disarm me
are sadder, and madder, and rare
Pendants of gilt , hanging, pleading for light
are now lost in a voyeur's despair

How can the world with its century turning
be bold, and suddenly care?
Just like that rain, falling in summer,
you are the rain falling on me,
falling on me

Bend me and shake me, thrill and forsake me
I'll travel, or borrow, or climb
Someone will call you to follow, and then lose you
in shadows where hypocrites lie

All of the love in the world is now over
and clouds are filling our minds
Just like that rain, falling in summer,
you are the rain falling on me

Just like that rain, falling in summer
You are the rain falling one me
Just like that rain, falling in summer
you are the rain falling on me
Just like that rain

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