Monday, 17 June 2013

Review: Another Ten Songs About Death, Hurt & Misery (Cult of Wedge)

#550: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Who else but ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommended Peter Hackett - via his Cult of Wedge persona -  could deliver a song entitled "Another Ten Songs About Death, Hurt And Misery" as a foot-tapping anthem? The answer is that there is no-one save maybe Bob Dylan or even Leonard Cohen on an unusually good day! After their two singles "Hose Pipe Ban" and "Christmas On The Moon", an EP: "Don't Shout So Loud"Cult Of Wedge have returned with this their third album, the optimistically entitled "Another Ten Songs About Death, Hurt And Misery" to follow previous efforts "Tape Recorders Changed Everything" and "On The Green Seventy Seen".

"Another Ten Songs About Death, Hurt And Misery" is a much rockier offering than CoW have previously unleashed and despite containing just the six new songs. It strikes me as a balanced, compact and impressive album that demonstrates the multi-instrumented talents of Pete Hackett as well as his knack writing original material with thought provoking lyrics. The album is book-ended between with the punchy title track (ably assisted by the sublime backing vocals of Maxi Dunn) - a song that in many ways is in marvellous tension between its subject matter and its uptempo delivery - and the instrumental epic that is "Montana" - a guitar and keyboard extravaganza with definitive influences of early experimental progressive rock acts such as ELO and Genesis, for sure.
Cult of Wedge alias Pete Hackett (l) with KJS (r)
"Archaeology" and "Through The Cemetery Gates" continue the guitar driven heartbeat of the album with the classy, pondering "Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm?" the nearest thing to a ballad. The thumping yet rolling "Follow The Sun" is the penultimate track, again with some nice vocals, a little backmasking and keyboards reminiscent of ELO's "Time" period. The only thing missing for me on "Another Ten Songs About Death, Hurt And Misery" is some real life percussion - and that's a suggestion, not a criticism! (8/10)

Trax: "Another Ten Songs About Death, Hurt And Misery" ~ "Archaeology" ~ "Through The Cemetery Gates" ~ "Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm?" ~ "Follow The Sun" ~ "Montana"

"Another Ten Songs About Death, Hurt And Misery" by Cult of Wedge is available (with a choice of multi-coloured sleeves) via thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Another Ten Songs About Death, Hurt And Misery" by Cult of Wedge to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 17-June-2013

1 comment:

  1. As always, another hugely enjoyable release from my good friend Pete Hackett! KJS@ELOBF