24703Re: [avant-progressive] Advice Needed for Henry Cow box set
- Apr 1, 2009I feel the need to comment here on the Art Bears albums as a way to "tame"
the Dagmar beast.... I honestly find Dagmar's vocals even on some of the
Art Bears a bit hard on my nerves. She is her typical didactic, screechy
Marlene Dietrich-esque on 'The World As It Is Today' and 'Winter Songs',
although the music is fantastic. Which is pretty much what is the
difficulty with the Slapp Happy/Henry Cow collaborations anyway :-) I
ultimately managed to get used to Dagmar on the Henry Cow material where she
participates, but it is an acquired taste by far and large, and it's a
process, as they say :-)
May I rather suggest Slapp Happy's 'Casablanca Moon' as an easier, more
user-friendly way to become Dagmar's 'ear pals' ? Here is an album where
she is on the melodic side of her voice, and at least in my case, where she
can even be enticing. Perhaps by beginning with the lighter side of Dagmar
can one manage to approach her very intimidating Teutonic presence ? At
least it worked in my case.
Then re-visit Henry Cow's 'In the Praise of Learning' (you may want to avoid
'Desperate Straights' until a VERY late stage in the taming of the Dagmar's
shrew process :-) - I still find 'Desperate Straights' .... desperately
grating. It's almost as though she seriously means to be unpleasant....
'In the Praise of Learning' is definitely closer to the original Henry Cow
spirit than to Slapp Happy's.
np: Mood Swing (Addison Project) - this is definitely very engaging stuff !
Like a very progressive and avant form of fusion, and in some cases, very
breezy and emlodic. A very eclectic album with a constant display of strong
musicianship and a sense for the catchy riff or melody by some of my
Canadian neighbors :-) An excellent Unicorn release. Check:
Sorry to say but if you really hate Dagmar then the box sets are not the way
to go. While you would probably enjoy the first two discs of the first box
set Dagmar shows up soon after. While I'm really not trying to tell you what
you should like I would encourage you to check out the Art Bears box set and
give Dagmar another serious second chance. I felt the same way you did until
I gave The Art Bears box set a go and she is just so perfect for that stuff
it honestly change how I preceived she. Now days I find her to be one of the
great original voices of our time. the Art Bears box set also has some
really wonderful extras to make it worthwhile.
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