“The Spinning Top”
‘The Spinning Top’ is the new solo album from Graham Coxon, who most people know as the guitarist and part-vocalist from Blur. This album is a lot softer than what Blur play but it still sounds similar in style and structure to most of the Blur songs he wrote. I’ve been holding on to this album for about a month now and have been unwilling to do a review on it because I wasn’t really sure what I thought of it.
‘The Spinning Top’ is Graham Coxon’s seventh studio solo album and it seems that he’s hit the right note on this one and has made an album that’s extremely listenable. It’s a fairly long album, at almost 70 minutes it does go extremely close to double cd territory. It has 15 songs, so that definitely makes the album seem long in addition to the length.
The artwork, which is above, was a painting by Coxon himself and In my opinion gives the album a very personal touch, there are not to many artists that put a lot of time into the artwork, but when artists do, it is very noticeable.
The first single from the album is ‘Sorrow’s Army’ and I really do think that it’s the best song on the album. It’s a song that’s very acoustic, there’s not too many artists at the moment that are making song like this. I think this is largely caused by the production on the song, because it’s quite a different approach to recording a song. It’s obvious that the producer is trying to make the album as natural and simple as possible and I think this is one of the songs that really showcases this.
The one problem with the album is that despite all this talk about it’s natural and personal production and artwork, the album just doesn’t reflect this as much as it could have in the music. If this was as personal as the artwork, then the album would have taken on a life of it’s own and really distinguish itself from other albums.
‘The Spinning Top’ is a good album but it’s lack of personality really hampers it, I might be missing something but I really expected something more. Nonetheless, it is a pleasant album to listen to and if you like Blur then this will probably satisfy you. But if you were looking for a top album then look elsewhere.
You probably already have heard about the reformation of Blur and their run of concerts in July/August, and I’m really excited for the ensuing Australian tour, **crosses fingers**. They are also rumoured to be in the early stages of writing a new album, which will most likely be released early 2009.