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Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
The Apprentice was mostly completed a full two years before it was released. Martyn's record label, Island, rejected the tapes of the songs in 1988, even though artistically they were not too far removed from his previou... more »
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The Apprentice was mostly completed a full two years before it was released. Martyn's record label, Island, rejected the tapes of the songs in 1988, even though artistically they were not too far removed from his previous release, Piece By Piece. In fact, this album turned out to be the more cohesive of the two. Eventually released by Permanent Records, it's by and large a well-crafted collection of songs. Its only weaknesses are the sometimes too-strong dependence on synthesizers and the song "Deny This Love," which is Martyn doing bad dance music (and featuring a truly horrible a cappella introduction). Otherwise, it's an enjoyable album. 'Look at the Girl' is a wistful follow-up to his 1974 song 'My Baby Girl,' while the haunting and moving 'Patterns in the Rain' features Martyn's first recorded acoustic guitar playing in years (even though it's not very predominant). 'Income Town' is an upbeat, more
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Holds the most special of memories....
Damien Boyd | 02/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Certain albums make your stomach tingle with warm nostalgia. This is one where I can almost remember every detail of that first listening period. It was great because I suddenly knew about a special musical talent. The songs on the album all seem to seamlessly merge into each other and there is a certain romance associated with them. Most touching is "Look at the girl", a tribute, I assume , to his (?) daughter (the deep affection in her youth, the dismay at her change as a teenager). "The river" brings back memories of the Springsteen epic. "income town" (live) suggests hard days making a pittance. "Upo" is indescribably beautiful. 'Patterns in the Rain" completes the story. It may not be his song but its a fine rendition.
Overall, this album is melody and sweetness and will remain with you at least 11 years after you first hear it."