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Peggy Suicide

Julian Cope

1991

Peggy Suicide

Album Summary

Peggy Suicide is the seventh album by Julian Cope. It is generally seen as the beginning of Cope's trademark sound and approach, and as a turning-point for Cope as a maturing artist.

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Rating

2.78

Votes

4525

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Punk
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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

Flying blind again going into this one with an artist I have never heard of. “Pristeen” is certainly unique. Halfway through the songs I started wondering if I had taken something a half hour ago that was starting to kick in. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this album at this point, but the opening drums and guitars in “Double Vegetation” grabbed my attention. The verses show off Julian Cope’s vocals which were starting to grow on me. Good song! As the album progressed, I was liking this more and more. There were a number of standout songs. "East Easy Rider" with its cool, groovy sound, the organ in "Promised Land", "Safesurfer" and its mantra-like ending, "If You Loved Me At All" with its really catchy chorus, the also catchy "Drive, She Said" with that old-school guitar vibe (perhaps my favorite song on the album - "Yeah we could crawl but I'd rather drive, she said"). PEGGY SUICIDE has a lot of subtle things happening in the music alongside some very pointed lyrics in songs like "Soldier Blue" and "Leperskin". The former seemed disturbingly relevant today - so much for progress. The youth choir singing "Western Front 1992 C.E." over the strange drips and ominous music was very cool although it may have a decidedly niche appeal. "Hung Up and Hanging Out to Dry" spends more time out in the more experimental sounds. These songs were well-placed later in the album as by now I am fully on-board and ready to appreciate them, although I could see how they might inspire the use of the skip-forward button for some. I pretty much fell in love with this entire album. I had thought there was no way I'd make it through the extra 11 tracks of the DELUXE EDITION, but by the end of the original album's quietly appropriate last song "Las Vegas Basement," I was more than happy to hear more. The additional tracks of the Deluxe Edition (an entire album’s worth) consisted largely of music that seemed suited for the lobby of a boutique Millennial hotel or maybe the Cosmopolitan in Vegas. Nearer the end were some alternate versions and very experimental pieces. The Deluxe Edition I didn’t mind but probably wouldn’t visit that often and wouldn’t recommend to new listeners. Judging from PEGGY SUICIDE, Julian Cope is a very interesting person in a profession that is filled with interesting people. One review referred to him as a madman, and that seems apt. This madman's music is fantastic and inventive, the lyrics at some times pointed and other times cryptic, and this album has a lot to say. Madmen can often end up creating unlistenable music. Fortunately I did not find this to be the case here. This album is a wonderful, trippy, exciting journey. Fantastic!

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

This feels like the kind of album that would be playing super loud at a record store and you'd be shopping and grooving and you'd pick up a copy and then listen on your walkman and it would feel like a wonderful secret. I loved this an awful lot. Even songs that started out kind of annoying (is he rhyming "mistake" with "mistake"?) built to something magnificent. Different tracks brought to mind wildly different things: Pristeen reminded me of Jesus Christ Superstar, Double Vegetation of The Who's Tommy, Promised Land of Leonard Cohen, Safesurfer of Pink Floyd. Several of the tracks are a total groove and a half: East Easy Rider, If You Loved Me At All, Soldier Blue, Not Raving But Drowning, Head. I was dancing along for a lot of it. And then we end with the easy, mellow Las Vegas Basement. I didn't pay much attention to lyrics. They seem repetitive but I didn't mind that at all. Love it love it love it. Thank you for this!

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Schrodinger’s cat. The movement of the Holy Spirit. The ending to most of the Coen brothers’ movies. I commented in my review preceding this one that sometimes you don’t completely or immediately comprehend an artist, where they’re coming from, what they’re trying to express, and it adversely affects your enjoyment. Other times, you don’t get it, and its ok. But in this particular instance, I neither immediately nor completely understood Julian Cope’s 'Peggy Suicide'; but, I loved it! He claims the whole thing is a meditation on humanity’s relationship with Mother Earth, and there are certainly songs that may be interpreted in that way. But I also heard him reflecting on a myriad of other things like birth control, police brutality, politics, religion- just to scratch the surface. And I’ve got a hundred questions that need answering: What/where is Cope’s promised land? Who’s the apostolic hag? What’s the significance of 1904? What is the meaning of the lyric, ‘Concentric circles running to the American lite’? Or, ‘It’ll all wash down when it rains’? And when he sings on the opening track, 'Pristeen' (spell check is now screaming at me), ‘How much can you take? ‘Cause your lying to me was your first mistake. Your trusting in me was your major mistake,’ is he singing about or as (and I’m guessing here) Mother Earth? This is a recording to spend some time with, to re-visit, on many occasions. And not just for the lyrics, which are rhymed and rhythmed masterfully. The music is wonderful, too. Passionately sung (and I loved the use of echo on his voice), unique melodies, a wide variety of styles and arrangements while at the same time keeping it simple in the best way, great supporting musicians, even better production (the sound engineer excelled.) There wasn’t a bad or even mediocre track in the bunch. And man, 'Hanging Out And Hung Up On The Line' is rockin’ the way rock oughta rock! I’d love to see this performed live. I was 32 years old and living in the very small town of Como, TX when this LP was released. Nirvana’s 'Nevermind' pretty much dominated my cassette deck back then, along with Metallica’s 'Metallica' (Black Album) and the Rollins’ Band, 'The End of Silence.' The sheer volume of those three no doubt rendered 'Peggy Suicide' inaudible to my ears. But that was then, and this is now. Yeah, this… is… now. (Your turn, Julian. What do you think I mean by that!?) At the conclusion of his musical meditation, he leaves us with this forlorn lyric: ‘I was born to entertain, so here I go. I was shown the door before I got to sing. Only to be now forgotten.’ Well, you know what they say: When one door closes, another opens. Uh, Julian, that would be my open door. And you’re welcome to visit anytime you want.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

First time hearing this or anything from Julian Cope. It feels aggressively artful. That is, the existence of the songs and their collection into this album represents a single object. As songs in and of themselves, they show a stunning array of style and execution.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

I liked it quite a bit. Julian Cope at times sounded like he was bringing in influences from the Smiths, Lou Reed/The Velvet Underground, and various new wave/post-punk artists. The album runs a bit long and would benefit from a pruning of sorts.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

Weird.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

This album is too irregular for me. There are some great songs, but there are also some experimental and dislocated songs (more appropriated in some kind of really experimental album)

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

nope

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Sun Mar 14 2021
1

Not gonna listen to an album with that cover. Sorry. 1/5

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Sun May 30 2021
5

Eclecticismo y distorsión, guitarras y New Wave, cantautor progresivo. Tiene temazos. Para escuchar en modo concentración literaria.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

Unabashedly artful. Genuinely enjoyable most of the songs

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Sun Oct 10 2021
5

Sounds very diverse and creative, good flow through the album, liked a lot better than some of the other “punk” or “post punk” on this list. If out of 10 stars, I’d probably go 9, but I’ll give it the 5 stars for a truly creative piece of art and pleasant surprise that didn’t lose my interest over the long playback time

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

Well... that was a fun ride.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

I really enjoyed this disc from another artist I'd never heard of.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Never heard of Julian Cope but this is a great album. Sort of post-punk grungy stuff. Will definitely be exploring some more of his music.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Zeer afwisselend album. Het was iedere keer benieuwd zijn naar hoe het volgende nummer zou klinken. Enkele zeer rustige nummer, en ook iets meer rock-nummers met goeie riffs. Leuke verrassing

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

Prog rock with a dose of 80s cynicism. Pink Floyd without the irritating bits. Absolutely loved it.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

I was probably not going to listen to this album today. I have been jazzed about the last few albums. I got on this list, and I had a bunch of other stuff that I was going to spend my time listening to today. Also, this album was longer than an hour, which usually reduces my excitement to listen to it. I still give thid Hey a shot later in the afternoon at holy shit. This was one of the biggest prizes on this list for me. Had never heard of this guy, he never seen this album. And I can’t find a lot on the history of this album, there’s a Wikipedia article, but it’s more about the political content that made its way into his songs. I’m finding it adjacent to Primal Scream. It’s an album like this that makes me heat bands the call them self psychedelic rock. Because most the time they’re just fooling around on instruments and playing music that is intentionally obtuse. This kind of stuff though on Peggy Suicide is the real psychedelic as it has amazing, musical complexity, and structure, but while you’re listening to it, just transports your mind somewhere different. I also thought that I was probably gonna drop this down star because it was going on for so long, and I thought it was going to overstay as welcome. But this thing keeps its flow, the entire way through, and wins a big finish, which I love to see on an album. It’s a strategy that basically dead tnow in 2022. Amazing album and if anyone was thinking of skipping over it, I would advise against it

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

I actually own a copy of this but I haven't listened to it (until now) since it was a new release. I bought it because I had quite liked a couple of Cope's earlier albums, "Saint Julian" and "My Nation Underground" but for whatever reason I didn't remember much of this. I have a vague memory of thinking maybe he had had some kind of breakdown. Who knows what I was thinking because man, I really dig this. I definitely did not remember so much of it having that funky, swirly Madchester sound which I still really enjoy. Anyway I think this is gonna get five stars from me.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

Going to give this a 5. I always liked the album, especially Safesurfer of course, but there is a lot more to like: the songwriting.. lyrics.. general atmosphere, same vibes as that Soft Boys record from the 70s: Underwater Moonlight. So, it is great that both are included on the list.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

Some great tunes

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

This is more of a 3.5 for me, but I'll round up. Dope album

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

have never heard of this, was pretty good! Safesurfer is a jam.

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Sun May 09 2021
4

I very much liked this. Also a record I’ve never listened to before.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

What a wild ride! Super neat and varied, and a VERY long album. I didn't make it through disk 2, but I did really enjoy disk 1.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

this was really great and had amazing range. feels like some shit my mum would play but in a good way. not a 5 because it was so long that I can’t really remember what I listened to at the beginning.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Quite interesting, difficult to define

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Wreszcie przesluchany na spokojnie, pierwszy albumik ktorego nie moglem dorwac na spotifaju, chociaz go widac, to jednak niedostepny, tak jak wiekszosc tworczosci Juliana przed tym albumem, z tego co sie wywiedzialem, to wlasnie dzieki niemu zyskal popularnosc nie tylko w punkowym undergroundzie, ale takze w troche szerszych kregach, nie jest to album ktory zrobil topowe miejsca w chartach, ale jest to prawdziwy post punk, czemu prawdziwy postpunk, bo wreszcie lirycznie cos sie dzieje nie tylko darcie ryja na tematy przemocowo seksualne, tak w ogole darcia ryja nie ma, a sam wokal jest bardzo podobny do tego jakim poslugiwal sie pozny Frank Zappa, niektore tracki wrecz do zludzenia przypominaja mi jego kawalki, ale o czym jest album punkowy bez darcia ryja i typowego kontentu, trak otwierajacy pristeen brzmi jak typowy kawalek romansowy, tylko ze co to za imie pristeen po guglu wychodzi, ze jest to nazwa ukejowego dezodorantu do higieny intymnej dla kobiet, daje calkiem inne spojrzenie na trak, epicki 8 minutowy kawalek pod tytulem safesurfer w ktorym polowa to gitarkowe wariacje jak u pink floydow, ale o czym on mowi, tytulowy safesurfer stara sie namowic partnera lub patnerke na sex w formacie bareback, lata 90 wiec mocne hivowe viby przez to przemawiaja, a trakow jest 18 i zeby naprawde zrozumiec o co w nich chodzi trzeba je dobrze przeczytac, a jest o czym czytac od feminizmu, konformizmu, ochrony srodowiska, podporzadkowywaniu sie zorganizowanym religiom, przez okultyzm, do hejtowania thatcherowej, jest ciekawie i jest to dobrze zagrane, nigdzie nie czuc, ze slucha sie czegos zbyt rozbudowanego, a kompozycje sa raczej proste, gitarka elektrykowa aktustyk, to narzedzia z ktorych korzystal Cope, reszta instrumentali to basik, drumy i keyboard, chyba nic wiecej nie slyszalem, czas na ciekawostke, tytul peggy suicide nawiazuje do kawalka peggy sue czyli do jednego z najpopularniejszych kawalkow Hollyego czyli pioniera rockowego popu lub raczej popu z ktorego wyszedl rock, szkoda ze nie moge nic dodac na plejke, ale przynajmniej na dysku flac bedzie sobie lezal w bibliteczce, a dosc rare znalezisko, bo nawet na torrentach nie mozna dorwac tego albumika, ale z pomoca przyszedl soulseek o ktorym nie mialem pojecia, a pewnie sie przyda z bardziej undergroundowymi plytkami

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Actually enjoyed that

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Thu May 27 2021
4

I enjoyed a lot of it. No need for the deluxe edition again, guys. I've not got 2 and a half hours in me. Felt like the Man Utd Villareal penalty shoot out.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
4

Really nice Songtexts and meanings. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: Beautiful Love

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

-"Double Vegetation" gets pretty intense with some nice screams -"Safesurfer" sounds like some David Bowie stuff -Songs I liked, but didn't have something stand out particularly strongly that caused it: "Soldier Blue," "Leperskin," "East Easy Rider," "Drive, She Said" -I like the keyboards in "Head"

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

I really enjoyed this one. It was interesting and different, but still very musical. I liked the variety of instruments and sounds, and how Julian Cope varies his resonant voice. The lyrics definitely make relevant statements to 1991 Britain, and some which definitely speak 30 years later in the USA. I didn't love every track but I liked most of the eighteen. A few quickly picked favs might be "Double Vegetation," "East Easy Rider," "You...," and "Beautiful Love."

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Interesting. I would have rated this a 3 but hit the 2nd half and just started jamming out to it. Listened in pieces and not as a whole but nothing turned me away. 3.6

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

Es una mezcla de Iggy Pop y Lou Reed... así punk-rock.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

I first heard of Julian Cope recently, as he wrote one of the leading books about kosmische/krautrock. I looked him up and thought "holy shit, here's a long recording career I know nothing about". So I'm coming into this album with a pleasant and intrepid feeling of discovery... Well, it's pretty good. I put it in the niche category of "solo male rockers (normally previous members of a post-punk or new wave band) with long and adventurous careers making authentic, non-compromising albums which I respect but don't completely love in all their sprawling incoherence". This record is a semi-concept album. The concept/narrative is pretty loose, and stretches out across 18 tracks / 1h:15m. Within it, there are lots of nice catchy/poppy moments as well as strong elements of rock and alt-rock. I enjoyed it quite a lot on second listen. It doesn't really hang together perfectly, but I like its ambition. It also just sounds better (and more unique) than the vast majority of more "classic" albums on the list. On that basis, I'll be generous with 4*.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Probably his best solo album

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Surprisingly quite enjoyed this. Like most (it seems) of the reviewers I had never heard of this artist and I had low expectations. More of a 3.5, but as we all know, that rounds up to a 4.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Really cool album. Lots of styles, lots of interesting studio trickery but nothing overwrought, always in service to the song and the songs are great. Great melodies, interesting lyrics and the rhythms are tight and driving. I lje his vocals toond sounds like John Cale at times. 4 🌟

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Thu May 05 2022
4

The second half hooked me. First was okay.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Started slow, but really got me near the end. Liked it!

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Thu May 19 2022
4

A pleasant listen. Soft rock with some nice synthesizer music in between. Would recommend.

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Wed May 25 2022
4

I liked this more than I thought i would, even though the lyrics are very simple and often repetitive. I can see influences from a lot of other artists and bands here too.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

I was born to entertain, so here I go.” That seems about right. One gets the feeling he’s doing this for himself, following his muse and exploring his ideas, more than worrying what the listener would expect. Some of the songs (“Promised Land”) emphasize concept/angle over payoff (or all premise-no punchline as comics say).“Pristeen” is strong opener, followed by a few pretty meh tracks. Then things elevate significantly – “Not Raving” and “Head” and “Beautiful Love” and “American Lite” are all good and “Las Vegas Basement” is a highlight to close. Maybe slightly excessive as a double album, but interesting and engaging all the way through from an artist that’s worth getting to know a bit better.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

I wasn’t sure what to expect but I really enjoyed this. A strong, catchy, well produced set of songs. 4 stars.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

A reecljter

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

One of my favorite things about doing this is discovering new stuff, especially when it's pretty good like this. It's solid post-punk and he's a great singer and songwriter, but it's definitely a little too long. Unless this is a compilation of non-album tracks, no post-punk album needs to be over 40 minutes. But I also don't know if I'd cut anything out? Will likely come back. B

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

Wasn't familiar at all with Julian Cope before this. The first track didn't do much for me, but it took off after that. I love the sound of this album, and I dig the variety of styles. I read a little about Julian's background and there's definitely evidence of his post-punk roots, but there's so much cool exploration and weirdness. The song You... is fantastic. This is an album I would for sure spin again, way too much to hear in only one sitting.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

Great find! Really enjoyed this.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

Wasn't expecting to like this album, but WOW. "Safesurfer," "Hanging Out and Hung Up on the Line," "Double Vegetation," "Leperskin," and "Drive, She Said" were probably my favorite tracks.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

First time listening to this (or really anything by Cope as far as I can remember), but I really dug it. It was fun, but also musically interesting. His vocals are just bad enough that it's endearing. Great album. Will listen again.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

I was surprisingly impressed by this. Really good writing. He has something like 68 albums to his credit only a few of which have achieved even nominal recognition. He may be too smart for his own good. I also think he writes what's in his head and has no desire to kowtow to the industry. He could absolutely write a few I, IV, V, vi hits.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

Good album

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

So far on my listening experience in this website, the albums just don't miss. I don't think some of them are a must-listen album, but a good records nonetheless. This album is amazing, each song is unique, love the instruments, it feels very psychedelic. I was working on my homework while listening to this, and each every track caught my attention, the sound on this album is very interesting and surprising, love it.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

Really enjoyed listening to this album, didn't know Julian Cope and it was a really nice surprise this album.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
4

A somewhat bizarre amalgamation of music ideas, not just confined to the albums overarching genre. I have no experience with Julian Copes music, but he seems like a songwriter who probably pumps out 100 songs per month. Each song is unique in its identity, but flows with the albums theme. It's quite long, but I found the album was better the longer it went on for. I seemed to enjoy it more and more. Recommend! BEST SONGS: - Safe Surfer - If You Loved Me At All - Drive, She Said - Soldier Blue - Beautiful Love - Las Vegas Basement 4/5

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

6/10 F.t.: Double vegetation

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

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Thu May 06 2021
3

it has good moments but why is it so long? i think its overstated

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

A few noteworthy songs but a lot of noise...

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

I now understand what was going on with Peggy and why she may have contemplated suicide and it has nothing to do with all of the soap in my underwear. That was just an experiment to see how much soap my underwear would hold. I did not factor that some may use bar soap and others use pump. I prefer pump when we are dealing with things in my underwear. I give Julian Cope a tip of the hat and four tiny pebbles that can be confused for rocks.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

OK. It got better for me on the second listen.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

It was OK.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Liked some songs but didn't get through the whole album.

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Thu May 27 2021
3

better than i was expecting. don't think i knew what julian cope sounded like, i was expecting sparks (the band - not to fall in love with him). i liked this.

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Sun Apr 25 2021
3

This was a pretty strange one. Not sure what to think of it. There were a couple songs I liked quite a bit and others not at all.

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Thu May 06 2021
3

indie rock. round sound.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

little jam bandy at times, kept my head bobbing throughout though. not bad,

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

This was pretty solid, almost the definition of post punk rock kinda. Will likely listen to again

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Fri May 21 2021
3

I should like this more, definitely flavours of Nick Cave in there.... but I really didn't get on too well with it. Perhaps I should give it some more time but still 990 ish albums to go before I die!

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Bit of a long one. More background listening

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

Cope crafts a unique sound that blends electric, world, rock, and spoken word into a powerful album. It is a very long journey and album though, and it could have benefitted from some more selective track listings.

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Sat Aug 28 2021
3

Never heard of this before... can't guess anything based on the cover. The font says techno, the album name says indie, the artwork... I just dunno lol. Ok this is artsy nonsense, somewhere between Nick Cave, Tex Perkins, Lou Reed etc. some of it is ok but I just can't stand albums that go for this long - 75min for the vanilla version alone. Won't be listening past the 75.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Better than I thought. But long.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

An interesting mix. Hard to pin down to a genre, definitely 80s meets 90s with a lot of influences and styles. Nothing I’ll revisit though

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

I enjoyed some of the songs…mostly the ones with funky bass lines. The album did seem long though. I could see maybe listening to this in the background as I was working, but I already have a stack of such albums for that purpose that I enjoy more.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Great guitar tones. Cool use of instruments throughout the album. No songs really stand out. Gets pretty boring and goes on for too long.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Eh - didn’t pay that much attention to it

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

When Julian Cope was with the Teardrop Explodes they released Poppies in the Field which I really like so I was interested in hearing his solo work here. This album has some very interesting tracks, but as many here have complained this album is too long, and on Spotify we have the "Deluxe" extended edition which is even frigging longer! I couldn't maintain my attention for the duration of this Deluxe edition so it eventually was relegated to background music. If the filler had been culled this would have been a really great album. Safesurfer for example is a killer track.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

He really mixes it up a lot on this album, but it all holds together quite well. I found the 1st song wasn't a good opener, it was a bit too repetitive for me also a bit like some Lou Reed ballad. At other points he sounds like Nick Cave and sometimes there's a Bowie influence. I love the song Safe Surfer, especially the epic guest guitarist. Unfortunately I can't get the album art out of my head.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

I've always had a soft spot for wingnut lefties, especially when I have a pause button.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Bueno

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

This is a LONG alt-rock album. Songs are nice enough, but nothing that would give me any incentive to listen again. 3/5.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
3

Jeetje, eerst vond ik er niets aan, vooral dat 1e nummer leek om maar geen eind aan te komen. Na het 5e nummer begon het ineens een beetje te leven. Best leuk om dit eens te horen.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

The 3 stars I am giving this really belies my listening experience. Most of the tracks were in the low 2 area; I found it generic and greating. However, some of the tracks were really quite excellent. Like a mix of They Might Be Giants, A House, and Morphine. A weird synthesis of formative sounds of my youth that I never imagined together. These tracks are in the high 4, even low 5 territory. This averages out to a 3, but really it's quite a divisive experience.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

In 1991 I didn't particularly care for Julian Cope and probably couldn't pick his hits out if pressed to do so. As I listen to Peggy Suicide now, I remember why his music never really connected with me. Musically the album is actually quite good, as early 90s college radio fare goes. Cope has a solid group of musicians working with him and some pretty interesting arrangements. But there was much better stuff going on with music in 1991 than this. Cope struggles to hit some of his notes, and his vocal style isn't interesting enough to excuse it. I still mostly enjoyed listening to this, but the album is also overly long. It should be several songs shorter. Fave Songs: Safesurfer, Las Vegas Basement, Beautiful Love, Pristine, Not Raving But Drowning

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Double Vegetation has a cool 90's alt vibe. The whole album is like that, so it gets a little old by the middle of the album.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Not bad. Way more enjoyable than expected. Not sure if it was good enough to play again.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
3

At first listen I didn't really know what to do with the album, but with the second and third listen it started to grow on me. The songs are of a high variance in quality, but there's power and emotion enough to be found

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

Més aprofitable, musical i melòdic que la gran majoria de la suposada música experimental que hauria de venir en la década posterior. Els arranjaments i els temes, partint d'un pop enrevessat influït per la psicodèlia i uns quants géneres més, arriben de vegades a bon port, mentre que altres es queden perduts enmig del no res... disc interessant, si més no

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Fri May 06 2022
3

- it reminds me of awful lot of things - i like weird artsy stuff but for some reason this was not for me - still it was very pleasant listen, but definitely too long

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Mon May 09 2022
3

Bom.

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Wed May 11 2022
3

I liked it. It was a good 80's reminder

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Mon Jun 13 2022
3

Mixed. more than a sum of its parts

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Some good indie/post punk/whatever. But it just seems to have no real stand out tracks or moments that jump out. More consistent than Fried, but not as enjoyable.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

sounds more like Nick Cave than i thought it would

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

Rock, pop, electrónica... Primera parte, bien. Segunda, rara y aburrida

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

First track was a snooze but it picked up after that. Not blown away but it was enjoyable post-punk.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

I liked parts of this, but overall it was sorta a slog to get through. I definitely didn't hate it, but it didn't catch me, that's for sure. 2.75/5

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Mon Jul 11 2022
3

Another interesting album that didn’t immediately draw me in

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Something is here to be sure, especially evident in the second half. It gets weird, reminding one of the strained beginnings. It's clear then that Cope is not only worshiping American sounds but commenting on the scene. A double album with no filler but largely expected arrangements.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

I am torn on this album. I don’t enjoy the spoken word style singing and low monotone singing that is 80% of the album but when Cope really goes for it, it makes the song like on double vegetation which gives of an early R.E.M vibe. The real star of this album is the distorted shredding guitar. I absolutely love the jam solos on these tracks. The album itself seems a little bloated with 18 tracks clocking in over 1 hour 15 minutes. Favorite tracks: Double Vegetation If you loved me at all Leperskin

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Mon Aug 01 2022
3

Although I new Reward, Treason and World Shut Your Mouth, I Was expecting something folky and somewhat downbeat and political, but this is late 80s/early 90s British indie guitar pop with a sense of fun and light experimentation and similar to his previous hits. A bit like early James but less folky and fewer lyrics. Enjoyable and upbeat, if overlong.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Decent alternative rock album, reminding me a bit of REM. Unfortunately way too long and also not memorable enough to warrant anything more than a 3

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

A bit too long of an album. It’s not at any point bad, but it kind of lacks colour and personality. Hard to get excited during any moment of this album.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

What a weird interesting album

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

I lost track of Julian Cope after The Teardrop Explodes split. Good to see him continuing his own strange path.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

Decent enough

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

3.5

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

I didn't hate this, but I was confused when I read the genres. It's definitely not punk. I don't know what it is.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

Helt bra

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

Not bad. The murky grooves sound nice but don’t feel like they reach any real highs, the song ”Safesurfer” being the outlier

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

I enjoyed all the music from this album, it just went on for so long I was bored when it got near the end, if it were two separate albums I would have thoroughly enjoyed both. The last three songs were...odd "Ravebury Stones" went on for a while, it was over 11 minutes long with mostly the same thing "Dragonfly" was just plain weird, not bad, just weird Why does he keep talking about Donkey Kong?

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

This is one of the albums ever made. There's a song about a motorcycle.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Started off OK, then I didn't get it, then it got better and I kinda got it.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

Teardrop Explodes were the forefront of the neo-psychedelia movement at the turn of 80s, and here we are a decade later, Julian Cope is continuing those post-punk themes while incorporating interesting instrumentation and elements from contemporary psychedelia: in this case Madchester. Songs like "Double Vegetation" could be confused for the Happy Mondays. It's funky and spacious, which songs taking their sweet time. Some of them do feel repetitive and overstay their welcome, but the track listing ranges so much as I don't get tired despite its double album length. Some go back to their roots, like the psychedelic "Leperskin" is totally a Teardrop Explodes but with lamer vocals, reminds me of the Doors a bit. I like Cope's more forward punk-like vocals, and personally not a fan of his alternate deep baroque-esque voice (too crisp and boring), but the echoey chamber feel to it works for many songs. There's plenty of standout tracks, but nothing remarkable or innovative, no hits, just unique and intriguing. For example, the atonal nature of "If You Loved Me At All" has a groovy post-rock feel to them with a punk approach, not something I've really heard before and would love to hear more like it, but I feel this song could be done better. And just a note, but my favorite tracks aren't necessarily an objective. For example, I really like "Not Raving But Drowning" which is pretty repetitive except for the cool mallet percussion and synth at two points, but I'm obsessed with the slow groovy and tropical feel to it. Now, there are a few accessible pop songs like "Head" and "Beautiful Love" which have a cool instrumentation underneath, but otherwise the structure and vocals are pretty boring. I really like how the album ends with the last 4 songs. We get two highly experimental tracks that work pretty ok, and "Las Vegas Basement" is a pretty decent and appropriate closer, coming full circle to the style of our opener "Pristine." Favorites: Double Vegetation, East Easy Rider, Hanging Out, Safesurfer, You, Not Raving But Drowning, Hung Up

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

Decent music

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Thu Jun 10 2021
2

I did not enjoy this, It just seemed too long and dragged on, not to mention the music did not appeal to me.

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Fri Sep 25 2020
2

This album wasn't as bad as I was expecting. It sounded pretty funky at times but overall it seemed like standard folk/rock. The lyrics were pretty unremarkable to me and it was hard to understand the meanings sometimes.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

Not much to say, I'm simply not a fan.

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Sun May 16 2021
2

The scope of this project is admirable but it runs into a jack-of-all-trades situation as a result. Any memorable riffs were too buried in the kitchen-sink mix to jump out at me.

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Fri May 14 2021
2

Not realy my music.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

Odd, but it has it moments.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
2

Long and boring. Can't get into it. DNF

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Sun Apr 04 2021
2

Kinda strange

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Fri May 21 2021
2

The music is the most interesting aspect of this, as i'm not a big fan of his delivery or lyrics; though they have a message, it isn't enough to hope my interest. Overstays its welcome and drags on.

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Fri May 21 2021
2

Apparently Cope suffers from Illeism, along with Jason Derulo. Unfortunately, this album is not so good that I'd go to the 29th track of the deluxe edition.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
2

I listened to about half and then got distracted but I don't remember it all so...

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Mon May 17 2021
2

More 90s music that may mean something to somebody, but certainly not me.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
2

After a seemingly endless run of early 70’s, mid 60’s & 50’s folk/country albums generated for me recently I was a little excited to be drawn one from within the last 30yrs at least. Especially since I had not heard of the artist previously. Unfortunately the music did not live up to the level of my pre listening enthusiasm. Good vocals and enough variance from the norm to keep me interested, but that was about it. Nothing stood out to me on this album and it won’t be staying on my download list. 2 Stars

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

This was an interesting deep dive into the world of an artist whose name I've heard, but never really engaged with before. It feels really effortless, eclectic, and yet cohesive in a way that can be alternately compelling and also long in the tooth (see "Hung Up and Hanging Out to Dry"). I really respect the inclination to experiment here, but it strikes me as a little less on the mark than Spiritiualized, who were working in the same kind of era/arena. Ultimately, as is the case for most double albums, this collection would have benefitted from some editing down into a killer 10 to 12 song collection. Unless you're just super into what Julian's laying down. 2.5/5. Favourite track: "Pristeen".

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

This album goes off the rails so quickly after a solid start with Pristine. I'm sensing this is a concept record, based off the length and the themes of the lyrics, but it overstays its welcome and becomes almost unlistenable. Julian Cope reminds me a little of Lou Reed, but he lacks the nuanced lyrics and the ability to pull off Reed's droning vocals.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

A few decent songs on here. Some of the music has a good feel but vocal delivery and arrangements leave a lot to be desired

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Wed May 19 2021
2

This album is really long, especially the 2009 multi-disc version. The original stops at “Las Vegas Basement” so I’m counting it done at there. First few songs don't do much for me. "Hanging Out And Hung Up On The Line" is a good song, it has energy that the first few don't. Overall, I think this isn’t a coherent album. I like Cope’s musical style, though he tends to excess, and that’s my general problem with this album. He needed editing. When he’s good he’s great but a lot of it is mediocre. Also, maybe you have to be English for the lyrics to resonate but they just didn’t do anything for me. I agonized over what to rate this, and I guess I’m settling on 2 stars. I’d be willing to give another Cope album a shot because I like his musical style in general but this is not to me a great album.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

Psé.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
2

I found Julian Cope’s previous band, The Happy Monday’s, pretty boring. Same here. Stylistically all over the place, but still nothing caught my attention.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
2

This is just alright. Not really special, don't understand how some of these albums get on this 1001 list but then again it is 1001 so they've got to fill it with something. Also this is a deluxe album but the extra songs aren't any better. 4/10.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
2

Nothing grabbin’ me here.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
2

First time listener to this guy... The "artsy" feels a bit forced on this album. Why is this on that list?

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Mon Oct 04 2021
2

Not super for me. I don't care for the vocals. I think it's got a certain cool factor. but I don't find it super interesting. There is a lot of ideas on here though, and they are not all bad.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
2

It's well-crafted, but leaves me a bit flat.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
2

Interesting album, liked a few tracks. It got better as it went on.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
2

Some interesting parts, a bit formulaic derivative blues rock in others. Vocals a little too front and centre for my taste.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
2

Starts off ok and just goes downhill.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

Even oral sex references can't bmake me interested in the first track, Pristine. And I quite like Julian Cope (as a person. Other than World, Shut Your Mouth, I don't know that I know any of his songs before today). The fact this is 18 tracks long is already filling me with dread. No improvement yet. East Easy Rider is a a Stone Roses dirge (more so than the Stone Roses made). Five tracks in, some life appears with Hanging Out... which is a Suffragette City style driver. Safesurfer sounds like Nick Cave, but boring. Boring is the watchword for this album. An album this genre agnostic, with really interesting themes should not be this boring. For comparison, Fear of a Black Planet came out this year, and does angry and political over exciting, interesting music. I have tried to listen to every album in full from this list. But sweet Jesus I cannot be bothered with this. It's 18 tracks long, I'm none in and I'm losing the will to live. If you loved me at all felt a bit like Pavement for a minute. Then went on interminably. Okay. Stay of execution. You is a tune. It's almost like he has enough ideas for a 2 minute song but not enough for 4 minutes. He could have learned from this! More things that sound like Scott Walker fighting an army of bees! Beautiful Love is fun too, though a couple more dull as shit tracks made me consider turning it off again! Western Front is good too! The back half of this album would be a three star album. The first half is one star. You can probably work out where I'm going to end up. Definitely not one of the 1001 best albums of all time. Overlong, mostly dull, but saved by two or three flashes of excellence.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
2

weird. Trancy. Not sure what the hype is about

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Wed Jan 19 2022
2

Had its moments, but won't be returning for more.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
2

I do not dig it

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Mon Jan 31 2022
2

Ik werd hier geen moment blij van. Net zo'n soort stem als Neil Young - op het randje van vals.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
2

Mwa, niet zo boeiend.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
2

sorry not sorry

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Mon Feb 07 2022
2

One I may have to come back to to fully appreciate

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Mon Feb 14 2022
2

Not sure where I land on this one, but tldr; a long album

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Mon Mar 07 2022
2

A laskluster album nothing specs about it and none of the songs are good enough for me to listen to again

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Mon Mar 14 2022
2

Pretty good in pieces, not so in others. Long album. 2 and a half stars

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Thu Mar 17 2022
2

Julian Cope is an interesting character, but is this album really memorable?

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Fri Mar 25 2022
2

Jotenkin ristiriitaset fiilikset jätti. Välillä erittäin jees, mut huonot hetket peitti yleisfiiliksen. Ei lähteny ehkä sit kuitenkaan

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Fri Mar 25 2022
2

En jaksanut lähellekkään loppuun asti. Helvetin tylsä levy.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
2

This entire thing sounds like a fever dream, in a bad way. Still, the brilliance of "Hanging Out & Hung Up on the Line", "Safesurfer", and "If You Loved Me at All" saved this 70 minute whopper from a 1 star.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
2

There was some nice stuff in here but there was also a lotttt that I didn't really care for. Appreciate the ambition though

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Mon May 09 2022
2

I wish I loved anything as much as the listmaker loves British guys who jerk off on tape and call it "music."

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Sun Jun 05 2022
2

A few 3/5 moments, a couple 1/5 moments. Overall I didn’t care for it. It is very reminiscent of Nick Cave

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Thu Jun 30 2022
2

Too long and too micb Q 104.3 vibes

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Thu Jun 30 2022
2

Not sure what this behemoth of an album is trying to be or what to make of it. It seems to be pulling a bunch of influences from the past, but doesn't do much to move the sound forward. There isn't much coherence or consistency, aside from Julian's lackluster vocals and instrumentation that can best be described as adequate. The end result is an OK album, nothing to be irritated about, but also nothing to get truly excited about. Never heard of Julian Cope prior to today, and I suspect will never hear of him henceforth.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
2

It's fine but too god damn long. Did this need to be 75 minutes? You could have easily cut 30 minutes and made this a really great album. Instead it feels bloated by the 50 minute mark. It's interesting music for sure, but a lot of it could have been left on the cutting room floor without really changing the message. 2.5/5

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Fri Jul 22 2022
2

Couple positive moments. But, it got old, and strange at points!

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Wed Aug 03 2022
2

An eclectic mix of songs form this pretty lengthy album. This album would have benefited by some solid editing skills because some of the songs did not mesh too well together. There are various styles in this album that show plenty of talent. It seemed to be to artistic and fell apart as it went on. Nothing to special overall but there are some okay songs. 4.5/10

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Wed Aug 24 2022
2

This sounded like even less interesting Nick Cave album. This type of music has to be really really good to appeal to me and this did not cut it. Spent most of my day listening to the Marshal Mathers LP some more.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
2

I don't know Julian Cope. I think this album is ambitious and has a certain creative vision to it, but i wasn't impressed. Like most double albums, it felt overly long and not all that memorable. I am grateful that Cope was nice enough to slice the album up into four even parts in the age of the CD, but it did not feel distinct enough to justify calling them "phases". A few weird ideas on here, with some working better than others. I'm open to different stuff but this didn't vibe with me.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
2

Meh

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Mon Sep 12 2022
2

meh

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Sun Sep 25 2022
2

Very uneven quality and very long. Some songs were outright unlistenable but some seemed to set a nice mood.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
2

Hard to listen to the vocals.... Storytelling was good, music good with some deliberate offnotes. But if I wanted to listen to Dylan, I would listen to Bob.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
2

There are moments in this when I think that it's about to be something that is really really good, but it never quite makes it there. He's clearly having a bit of fun making it, trying out all sorts of different styles, but the overall effect is a bit of a mish-mash that never nails even one of the genres that he's playing to. Also, it's so long, Disc 1 of the deluxe edition (which I imagine is the original release) is well over an hour. Not for me, Clive, 2/5.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
2

после одного раза особо ничего не поняла, но не показалось что мой жанр (как обычно)

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Sun Oct 30 2022
2

Strange as a compilation but a couple good songs. Never listened to him.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
2

Eeeh

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Mon Oct 31 2022
2

Lyssna på dethär 2 gånger för jag somnade ungefär 3/4 genom albumet första gången och ingenting fastnade, helt för långt också

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

This was a head scratcher.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

I'm bored of it but it's not BAD

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

Fine but not much to latch in to

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Thu Nov 03 2022
2

This album failed to capture my interests. That is all.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
2

More UK crap I've never heard of getting a priority slot over stuff that's way better. *eyeroll*

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Sun Nov 13 2022
2

Meh

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Fri Nov 18 2022
2

This album felt like it was 4 hours of the same song

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Thu Apr 08 2021
1

Nope, didn’t like that enough to finish all 29 songs.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
1

Bleh

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Fri Mar 26 2021
1

Not for me

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Fri Mar 26 2021
1

Not very good

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Sun Mar 21 2021
1

Trash album. Unbearable.

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Fri May 28 2021
1

A bit of a rambling mess

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Fri May 28 2021
1

I thought this would be a decent album after the first few tracks. However, it quickly got very tiring and the length did not do any favors. This was my first DNF cause I couldn’t make it through the last three songs. There’s a lot going on with most of it not being good.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
1

Debut album of Julian Cope is OK, but this one not.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
1

Oh what a waste of time. AGAIN. Uninspired Jam tunes, hated it. Skipped through. Boring.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
1

Lo, pan juice has more talent than this. Couldn’t get through it

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Fri Dec 10 2021
1

Not good

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Sun Dec 12 2021
1

couldn't finish

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Mon Jan 31 2022
1

Nee, ik heb niks met zangers die niet kunnen zingen. Mijn mening ;)

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Thu Feb 10 2022
1

Peggy Shits.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
1

Lou reed 90s knockoff

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