Flesh Number One
Christian Buckley | Washington State, United States | 11/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"He stole the show when he opened for R.E.M., and I've been a fan ever since. This album epitomizes Robyn Hitchcock's style: jangly, funny, refreshing, and clever. This album has a sort of mystical air to it, broken only by visualizations of fat men, floating and and then exploding, leaving debris of skin and lunch leftovers on your sleeve. For me, highlights include the fun 'Tropical Flesh Mandala', 'Balloon Man' of course, and the nice little perfect pop number, 'Flesh Number One (Beatle Dennis)' which illustrates that when Robyn sets out to write something meaningful and a tad bit commercial, he can still do it without compromising."
It's all commotion, there's no choice
Christian Buckley | 09/17/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album is full of colorful imagery and silliness. Imagine that Syd Barrett wasn't insane, but just a Brit having a good time making fun of Yellow Submarine. Over all one of the best Psychedelic albums since Endless Summer."
Weird, but fun, loony tunes
Christian Buckley | 10/18/1998
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Robyn Hitchcock inhabits a wild, weird world of unbridled lyrical imagination. You can either interpret the lyrics as just so much hallucinatory silliness, or treat them as the great brush strokes of an artist painting an alternate, if highly whimsical, universe.Either way, you'll have to admit that these quirky ditties can be fun. Not everything is great here, and he has released stronger albums, but Globe Of Frogs is interesting. It also contains some good guitar work from R.E.M.'s Peter Buck."