by Icicle Works


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As early as the Icicle Works' second album, it became obvious that singer/songwriter Ian McNabb had little interest in further pursuing his career as a new wave tunesmith in the manner of his only U.K. hit, "Love Is a Wonderful Colour." Still, stylistic nods to Neil Young, Van Morrison, and Motown on post-1984 recordings could have hardly prepared the causal Icicle Works fan for the all-over-the-map musical journey that represented the original lineup's fourth and final album, Blind. There's not even a hint of new wave on this record; beginning with a full-on Led Zeppelin-style rave up ("Shit Creek"), Blind then proceeds to careen wildly through several anthemic Waterboys-inspired folk-rockers ("Here Comes Trouble," "Starry Blue Eyed Wonder"), a Caribbean-style pop tune ("What Do You Want Me to Do"), a Prince-meets-INXS lite-funk workout ("The Kiss Off"), a raunchy blues-metal parody that even Zodiac Mindwarp might have found too over the top ("Two Two Three"), and even a short doo wop-flavored number ("One True Love"), among other stylistic detours. While the attempt to branch out is laudable, it must be noted that not everything here works, and as a consequence, the album doesn't really hang together. But Blind does contain some of the Icicle Works' best individual tracks, including the singles "High Time" and "Little Girl Lost," and is, if nothing else, seldom dull. As a bonus, fans of drummer Chris Sharrock will find Blind to be the best showcase for his considerable talents since the Icicle Works' first album; it's hard to think of another drummer who could mimic all the musical styles represented on this album with both the sensitivity and creativity shown here. This album, then, is not the place for the neophyte Icicle Works or Ian McNabb fan to start, but for committed fans who want to hear the extent of the original Icicle Works' range -- warts and all -- Blind is definitely worth a look-see.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/2011
Label: Cherry Red Uk
UPC: 5013929150133
catalogNumber: 2915013

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Icicle Works   Primary Artist
Dave Green   Keyboards,Vocals
Chris Layhe   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Chris Sharrock   Drums
Robert Ian McNabb   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Icicle Works   Producer
Jimmy Page   Composer
Robert Plant   Composer
Steve Stills   Composer
Ben Kape   Engineer
Geoff Muir   Producer
Karl Wallinger   Composer
Robert Ian McNabb   Composer
Hugh Gilmour   Reissue Layout
Boots   Producer
Jerry Ewing   Liner Notes
Mike Owen   Cover Photo
Sol Pepper   Inside Photo

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