Geoff Mann - Second Chants

Thursday 1st October 1992
Geoff Mann - Second Chants
Geoff Mann - Second Chants

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Jonathan Day

Hot on the heels of the Geoff Mann/Marc Catley retro­spective 'Fine Difference' comes this brand new Geoff Mann solo album. Despite the usual awful pun title, it's an immediately striking object, coming with a no less than sixteen page insert, full of striking mono­chrome cartoons and drawings, illustrating the hand written lyrics. I found the booklet genuinely added to the listening experience, creating a visual space for the music. The latter is a hotch potch (or should that be hot pot?) of styles ranging from acoustic guitar and vocal songs "Homeless", "Apathetic + Here, I ..." (Is our typesetter going gaga again? Ed) typically Mann instrumental; "Sight Sea", "Options + Opinions", through to pieces and music concrete pieces combin­ing instruments, voices and found sounds (car engines, pneumatic drills and all sorts of weirdness). There is even a 'telethon' version of an experimental song, including bad impressions of celebrities and, of course, awful puns. I think it was meant to be funny, but for me it supplied the albums low point. The songs are by turns poetic, gentle, abrasive, strange, intrigu­ing, challenging, pompous and irritating. They are never trite, predictable or formularized. An album of glorious moments and intelligent strangeness. A heartfelt thank you to everyone involved in this album given the appalling state of investment in British Chris­tian music (this album is on a Dutch label!) its a marvel that an album as uncompromisingly individual as this one got made

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