Mart Kemp - Glow In The Dark

Tuesday 1st February 1994
Mart Kemp - Glow In The Dark

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette EP

Reviewed by Peter Bate

As I listen to this 6-track recording I realise that I am being faced with the moral dilemma which many a reviewer faces: how do you avoid trashing a recording where its purveyor had been ill-advised in wrapping an inlay round it and trying to flog a few rather than keeping it as a demo of work in hand? Yep, it's tough on the reviewer. I don't have a musical ministry...! don't have to deal with a bad review. But let's press on. The songs are, in themselves, pleasant enough (the opener "Greater Love" offers some hope) but Mart's limited voice and sparse instrumental back-up utterly lack any musical impact. Maybe Mart's decision to move away from loud and noisy music' (as he puts it) needs to be rethought. On the other hand maybe 'Glow In The Dark' will satisfy his friends and supporters (it is cheap at 1.50); But nobody else. Note to all grassroots musos - DON'T sell your demos. A recorded-in-a-kitchen tape needs exceptional talent to be acceptable to anyone but a small circle of friends.

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