Monday, March 24, 2008

Album of Last Friday

Legend, by Henry Cow (1973): Henry Cow is one of those groups that you always hear talked about in frightening terms - "weird," "avant garde," etc. Heck, they're pretty much the genesis of the Rock in Opposition movement, after all. Which is why I was a bit surprised - pleasantly, I have to say - at how "normal" (in prog terms, mind you) their debut album is. It takes what was by then a distinct Canterbury sound and turns it on its ear. There's definitely some more out there bits, but for the most part it's really not the kind of music you'd use to clear a room. I enjoy it quite a bit, but it's never made me wonder what happened next to wander into their more experimental phases.

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