Kevin Ayers CD review by Howard Wuelfing

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Kevin Ayers CD review by Howard Wuelfing
May 6, 2008, 04:14

Kevin Ayers - The Unfairground

KEVIN AYERS The Unfairground CD

The good news for Kevin Ayers aficionados is that The Unfairground is an entirely solid piece of work, especially for his first new creation in some 15 years.  All the familiar hallmarks are present and accounted for: his deep, somewhat louche tenor vocals; his oh-so continental, cabaret-errific writing. The instrumental support is largely provided by one squad of young American players alternating with a gang of UK indie rock icons led by members of Teenage Fanclub. This then is icing-ed by old time compadres including fellow Soft Machine alumni Robert Wyatt and Hugh Hopper as well as Phil Manzanera and Bridget St. John who all perform ably and with gusto.

The end results sit comfortably with Ayer's back catalogue although it'd be fantasy to claim this as his best work. His voice is somewhat tattered with age, faltering occasionally—though charmingly. At times the lyrics are a bit overly obvious and lacking ambition, especially in comparison with his most potent past work.

Nonetheless it is nice to have new songs from this singular artist even if it's reiteration rather than revolutionary. [Gigantic Music]

=Howard Wuelfing


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