Homegrown (The Wasp Star Home Demos)
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As a songwriter myself, "Homegrown" is an intriguing look at the growing experience that is writing a song. I'm often inspired and impressed when listening to this album and reading through the notes. Not groundbreaking listening for the lay-person I imagine, but the album is a cool source of knowledge and a nice lesson for me. Hope you like it.
Some of the pieces are pretty much complete in these demo versions and the deltas between the original and the recordings on here is minimal ("Wounded Horse"), although particularly given the sound of "Wasp Star", sometimes the demos do a better job capturing a sense of urgency than the album tracks do (the rollicking demo of "Playground", which I prefer to the album version). There's also a handful of tracks that we get an opportunity for a really intriguing look into their development-- Colin Moulding's "Standing in For Joe" and Andy Partridge's "I'm the Man Who Murdered Love" are first presented as acoustic guitar and voice demos before a full demo is presented (the former's acoustic demo also apparently is from before lyrics were written as the vocal is wordless) and some of the pieces are dramatically different-- "Some Lovely" (which became "My Brown Guitar") has a pronounced ska influence that hearkens back to early XTC that, while it would be somewhat more recessed on the album release, paints a nice picture of how it came to be).
Admittedly, given its format, this is not going to be everyone's cup of tea-- as an obsessive music fan, I find this sort of portrait to be downright fascinating, but this isn't the kind of thing that everyone is going to enjoy. But for me, the insight this provided allowed me greater enjoyment of "Wasp Star".
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In the space of six years I've moved from being dimly aware of XTC (thanks to Harry Shearer's "Le Show" and WXRT Chicago) to being a completist; however, there's more... Read morePublished 20 months ago by JoeBrazil
Up until early 1999 XTC was my all-time favorite band. I anxiously awaited the release of Apple Venus Vol. Read morePublished on May 28, 2001 by .
Although I'd definitely recommend most of XTC's back catalog ahead of this collection of demos, Homegrown will be fascinating listening for both fans and musicians. Read morePublished on May 25, 2001 by Wayne Klein