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Robyn Hitchcock
Love From London - YEP ROC
FILTER Grade: 78%

By Zack Kraimer on March 19, 2013

 

Robyn Hitchcock

After a career as illustrious as his, Robyn Hitchcock doesn’t have to prove anything anymore. Love From London is the newest of the prolific jangle-rocker’s solo endeavors, but he’s still not finished reinventing himself. The record is markedly different from his work with The Soft Boys and The Egyptians, but it’s undeniably Hitchcock the whole way through. The brooding piano and pensive cello in opener “Harry’s Song” contrast fittingly with the considerably brighter “Be Still,” with its delicate vocal harmonies and steel-string strumming. “Devil on a String” is an old-school rocker that helps balance out the mostly low-key lot. The epic closer “End of Time” is more reminiscent of his earlier material, starting airy and synth-heavy before morphing into a wash of delayed vocals and shimmering guitars. Love can’t be as readily labeled “art-rock” as The Soft Boys can—these tracks are tamer, mellower. After all, “I Love You” is pretty distant from “I Wanna Destroy You.”

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