Friday, 17 July 2009

Loop - A Gilded Eternity

This was to be Loop's final album, released in 1990. It's a shame they didn't continue: the crap production that plagued a lot of otherwise excellent 80s indie was no longer an issue (not that Loop ever suffered too badly in this sense, but I would love to hear their catalogue remastered), and more importantly, they were still improving and evolving. This album still had the reverb-drenched vocals; the simplistic wailing wah guitar solos, and the same pummelling minimalism. It wouldn't be Loop otherwise, but there were more interesting arrangements: the great guitar interplay and drum pattern on 'Afterglow', for example, or the brutish bass riff that introduces 'The Nail Will Burn' were signs that the heavy guitar riff wasn't the be-all and end-all of the Loop sound. The experimental 'Blood' and 'Shot With A Diamond' pre-empt the sonic territory that post-Loop spin-off bands Main and Hair And Skin Trading Company would map out.
This also features more traditional Loop sounds - the rocking riff from 'Breathe Into Me' is almost Eddie Clarke-era Motorhead, and the superbly spaced epic 'Be Here Now', with it's loping, head-nodding groove, is probably the best track on the album.


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