It has it's moments, but the inspiration is fading
firstname.lastname@example.org | 10/24/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I do really like a few of the tracks here, which make up almost half the CD. "Arboreteum Suite," "Eduardo," and "Sea and the Armadillo," may make it worth purchasing this, since these are great acoustic guitar instrumentals and are exciting to hear if you like guitar like I do. But you also get the Phillips-admitted improvisational tracks as well, such as "Earth Man," in which the polymoog is quaint for the first listen, but then gets real old. "Dawn Over the Lake" starts with promise then goes on for ten minutes of guitar noodling to an annoying drum kit. I won't go on, other than to say this is not a comprehensively great CD, but it has some really good material if you look for it."
A GOOD "CATCH" OF AN ALBUM
email@example.com | Los Angeles, California | 02/03/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Normally, I complain when I hear so much acoustic work from a rock artist. Most of Phillips' acoustic based albums seem to drone on aimlessly. Sometimes I lose track of which songs are which because they usually all start sounding the same. Yet, this one has some diversity not found in his other acoustic stuff. The tracks aren't too lenghty so you can actually pay attention to them and they seem more composed than usual so there's not that feeling of endless picking and neverending chords associated with alot of his work. This one's a keeper."
Adam G. Hanson | Roy,Ut | 09/28/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I sure wish I was rich. I could keep up on the careers of guys like Ant who meant so much to me when I was younger. When this record came out I was very impressed and it still holds that charm. The Private Parts series was almost always very mellow. This record is hypnotically mellow. Best taken as a whole, the songs blend so well together. I know I shouldn't say this but it makes excellent bedroom music. In my opinion, this was the best Private Parts album."