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The twin lead guitar interplay between Robyn and Kimberly Rew is nothing short of breathtaking. The lyrics are signature Robyn Hitchcock surreal, but at one point, he eerily captures the strange and scary times we live in: "Evil is the new enemy / I wish I could say that I was just paranoid" (from "Strings").
The beauty of this CD is that Hitchcock and his band gracefully manages to walk the thin line between melodic pop and total, over the edge, into the abyss guitar freakout.
All in all, an excellent album, which will definitely stand the test of time.
Nextdoorland is full of the rocking charms we've come to expect from Hitchcock. What's more is that the performances by his band The Soft Boys is top notch. Kimberly Rew's guitar snarls and snaps alternating chords thick as a tree stump. His playing hasn't been this refreshing or challenging since his solo albums and early Katrina & The Waves where it was a lot more polished and, well, poppy. Poppy is OK but Rew has always been an interesting guitar player and capable of so much more. Hitchcock and the other Soft Boys bring out the best in him.
The album is littered with a number of gems. Like a lot of Hitchcock solo albums, there's a fair amount of filler as well but the quality of the filler tracks is better than most artist's achieve in a lifetime. Always interesting as a solo artist, Hitchcock and The Soft Boys return with a strong album. It isn't Underwater Moonlight, nor is it meant to be. The starkness of that seminal album and the diy feel is evident in every track on Nowhereland.
I'd also recommend picking up Kimberly Rew's latest solo album. Although it isn't as strong or compelling as Tunnel Into Summer, it's stocked with melodic, riff driven rock 'n' roll. Rew hasn't sounded this good in years and clearly his new found solo career has invigorated him.
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This record is a good record. It has jangles and melodies and holds together well. Robyn puts some holds on his lyrical obscurities to make it a little more graspable(sic) to the... Read morePublished on November 23, 2005 by jon gire
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