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Blame Someone Else
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock
1997 solo debut from Cocteau Twin's bassist, featuring thesingle 'It's A Family Thing' and 11 other new tracks. Guestsinclude his two Cocteau Twins cohorts (vocalist Liz Fraser &guitarist Robin Guthrie), plus Spiritualized... more »
1997 solo debut from Cocteau Twin's bassist, featuring thesingle 'It's A Family Thing' and 11 other new tracks. Guestsinclude his two Cocteau Twins cohorts (vocalist Liz Fraser &guitarist Robin Guthrie), plus Spiritualized's Damon Reeceon drums. A Bella U
A magical surprise from Cocteau instrumentalist
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was told about this record by a friend who hadn't even heard of Cocteau Twins...I'd known about it, but foolishly imagined it'd be like alot of solo albums from people in great groups...ie not very inspiring...I couldn't have been more wrong. From the opening moments of It's A Family Thing, I was drawn to Raymonde's musicality, and thick vocal harmonies. Track 2 is a beautiful, melancholic piece with Raymonde at piano, called Love Undone, the plaintiff saxophone and sad melody creating a strong mood for the album. Strong on atmosphere, but equally impressive is the songwriting throughout, tracks like 7th Day, and the lyrical Muscle & Want, which starts with the wonderful line..." Maybe, I should have acted like a son, made out of my trouble light, and made hours for you and I ". I read somewhere that Simon's father was the string arranger and writer Ivor Raymonde, who wrote I Only Want To be With You, and arranged all the Walker Bros. hits...well he does a fabulous cover of Scott Walker's It's Raining Today, and with another cover of Television's Days from the Adventure album, shows great taste too in other music. I strongly recommend this record...he has a lovely soft voice that occasionally opens up to reveal emotion and sensuality rare in male vocalists today. I will be following his solo career further from now on."
Cocteaus can survive alone!!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just got home from a concert by Simon who comes to Mexico for the first time! We wait 15 years for Cocteau Twins to come, but they have now finished, so when I hear that Simon is coming to my city I am excited very much!!We buy 'Blame Someone Else' two days before show, and I listen all the day.So beautiful it is. The sound is for me, and I know what it means. It touches me and I feel again. We go the show at old cinema in Mexico City, and Simon plays all best songs and also 2 Cocteau Twins songs( Serpentskirt and For Phoebe Still A Baby) and also a wonderful versionn of 'Kangaroo', which he plays for This Mortal Coil many years ago. It was wonderful show, and Simon has now many many fans here!!!"
Last call for liquid courage
loteq | Regensburg | 04/12/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Given that Simon is the bass player of the Cocteau Twins, one of my absolutely favorite bands, his solo album simply should have been better. And the cover artwork, showing a big crab swimming in black oil, is plain ugly. With the help of CT guitarist Robin Guthrie, Simon manages to cobble together a few memorable melodies, but overall, the songs lack any climax and are not capable of holding the listener's interest. The shallow lyrics and Simon's formulaic talk-singing don't make this affair more interesting. The music is reminiscent of the Cocteau Twins's early-'90s efforts like "Heaven or Las Vegas" and "Four-calendar cafe", with a few welcome side-steps into chamber jazz ("Love undone", "If I knew myself") and two missteps into electronica ("In my place" and the 12-minute, aptly titled "Tired twilight"). Though several songs like "It's a family thing", "The 7th day", and "Muscle and want" are on a par with "Heaven or Las Vegas" -- and that's being generous -- Simon's debut just can't compare with the emotional quality and the melodic power of CT's work."