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  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B0002Y4SYS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Yep Roc records is proud to release "Spooked", a collaboration by English singer-songwriter/eccentric Robyn Hitchcock and acclaimed Americana duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.

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Recorded in Nashville with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Robyn Hitchcock's 23rd solo album in as many years finds him continuing in the acoustic mold of Luxor but with a good dose of Americana, relying solely on the pair for accompaniment, backing vocals, and production. According to Hitchcock, Spooked is essentially the product of a weeklong Dylan-fueled jam session with Welch and Rawlings, a fan of whose Hitchcock had recently become but who had been fans of his for nearly 20 years. "It was as if I was inside one of their records, but with me singing too," said Hitchcock about the sessions, and their influence is indeed palpable, most notably on songs like the folksy "English Girl," with its plaintive guitar and Wurlitzer accompaniment, and the slide-heavy, drum-propelled "We're Gonna Live in the Trees."

Yet the real standout tracks are those to which Welch and Rawlings lend their harmonic talents, such as "Demons and Fiends" and especially "Television." The latter, an earnest, pleading song of love, is among the most heartfelt of Hitchcock's career, even with his bedroom TV set its nominal object. ("Television, I'm so sorry / If I turned you off back then / I'm so small in your dimension / My kid will look like you, I swear.") So it remains a safe bet that there never will be a Robyn Hitchcock album that can't be described at least partially as "quirky"--this one certainly fits the bill. But being able to express penetrating insight and emotion through superficially bizarre material has always been one of his major talents, and Spooked demonstrates that, at age 51, Robyn Hitchcock's best days are definitely not behind him. --Benjamin Lukoff

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I have all his records; this one is shockingly good.
bobaloo
The closing harmonies on "Television" are hauntingly beautiful ... you owe it to yourself to experience this track.
inside the granfalloon
The songs are just wonderful, and the arrangements and production are sharp and engaging.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Finefrock VINE VOICE on February 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Years ago, I became aquainted with the works of Robyn Hitchcock through his first band the Soft Boys and his early solo works. Over the years the quality on his albums thinned out to the point that I basically lost interest. What originally began as a sureal, strange outlook spelled out in his lyrics, turned into a forced, quirky and basically unispired bore. Though all his albums would contain at least a couple gems, overall he seemed to have identified his audience and pandered to it.

Then along comes SPOOKED. Hitchcock has teemed with rustic Americana meisters Gillian Welch and David Rawlings for what is his most inspired record in years. Though one may think (or hope) that the record would be overshadowed by the American couple's folksie ways, what results is crystal-clear, classic Robyn Hitchcock. Starting with the absurdily great TELEVISION, right through to the quiet closing FLANAGAN'S SONG, this is a solid collection of songs that mingle wit, whimsey and menace into a sparkling cocktail. DEMON'S AND FIENDS, IF YOU KNOW TIME and WE'RE GONNA LIVE IN THE TREES are excellent, and the cover of Dylan's TRYING TO GET TO HEAVEN stands tall against the version from TIME OUT OF MIND.

Anyone who has been charmed in the past by Hitchcock's magic would be well advised to check in with SPOOKED. Not only one of the best things from Robyn Hitchcock, but one of the best from 2004.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James Moore on October 6, 2004
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This will be yet another great Robyn Hitchcock CD that will fly under the radar of everyone, and only his lifelong fans will enjoy it. That's sad, too, because this one is really special. This is a collaboration with Nashville's Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, who are also among the most underrated and underappreciated artists today. The result is beautiful; I wish that Gillian and David could play on every Robyn CD. I think this CD is more polished than his last CD, "Luxor," but it takes up where "Luxor" left off. The tracks that stand out after a couple of listens are "Television" "English Girl" "Creeped Out" "Flanagan's Song" and the Dylan cover. But every track is interesting. In a parallel universe, Robyn would be a millionaire, and each CD would be multi-platinum--and Hillary Duff would be selling her CDs one at a time on the Internet. But there's a part of me that is glad that Robyn isn't known and understood by the masses. If you are reading this you are undoubtedly one of Robyn's fans, so you'll know what I'm talking about. By the way, Robyn will be in Austin on October 30th, 2004. If anyone is out there reading this who is going to the show--look for me. I'll be the tall guy with the Soft Boys t-shirt on.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SF Fan on October 8, 2004
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This is by far the best Robyn Hitchcock solo album in a decade. While I was a big fan of Nextdoorland, I have found his more recent solo albums to be good, but not great. Every new album has had its moments, but none really gave me that "feel" of an early Robyn Hitchcock album.

Spooked is just fantastic. It is a mostly acoustic album in the vein of EYE or I Often Dream of Trains. The songs are just wonderful, and the arrangements and production are sharp and engaging. My favorite has got to be "We're Going To Live in The Trees" followed by "Television" and "If You Know Time".

If you are a hardcore Robyn Hitchcock fan, or one of those people who thought he was "kind of okay" when he opened up for REM, or one of those people who "kind of remember that Baloon Man song", this album is for you. :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Cruz on December 11, 2004
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Maybe there's something about having Hitchcock in your name where everything you do has to be a little on the weird side, and Spooked is definately one of Robin's weirder ones.

Like all of his albums, Spooked revels in the addition of interesting muscianship from others and has that definative twist to it. Unlike most of his albums, however, this album has an Indie feel to it. The cover art is one of Robyn's paintings, the linear notes are short and to the point. It doesn't even list track lengths or have lyrics anywhere. It's this kind of nostalga that the album posesses that makes it so magical. While the sound is unpolished, the engineering is fantastic, and it sounds like 2004 effects applied to a 1969 album. It seems like Robyn called up some friends and said "I'm thinking about going down to the studio today to lay down some tracks, wanna come?".

You have to listen to this with headphones on, because much like Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, there's so much going on that if you aren't listening closely, you'll miss alot of what's happening on the album.

As for the songs themselves, they're great. Television, English Girl, Sometimes a Blonde, and Full Moon In My Soul are all reasons why this is an album you'll be listening to long after the next generations of Britney Spears clones have come and gone.

If you're a Robin fan, you won't want to miss this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By inside the granfalloon on December 2, 2004
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Mighty fine a-pickin'-and-a-singin'! Buy it for Robyn, cherish it for Gillian and David and the intimate, acoustic production. The closing harmonies on "Television" are hauntingly beautiful ... you owe it to yourself to experience this track.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bobaloo on November 18, 2004
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Listen, you: this is a preposterously good record. Robyn's gotten quieter somehow--and that is a brilliant, brilliant thing. I have read about Gillian Welch and David Rawlings (who join him in a way that makes for a truly spooky collab). "Television" and "If you know time" are right up there with the best of Hitchcock's songs. if you are even slightly obsessive, you'll not stop listening to this compelling disc for days and days. I have all his records; this one is shockingly good. I love (if you need to reference my tastes) to XTC, The Black Watch, Olivia Tremor Control, New Order, Swervedriver, Guided by Voices...stuff like that...Bye, bye.
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