CD The Splendour of Fear [Limited] (CD 1266070),
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The Splendour of Fear [Limited]

  • 1. Red Indians
    2. World Is as Soft as Lace, The
    3. Optimist and the Poet, The
    4. Mexican Bandits
    5. Stagnant Pool, The
    6. Preacher in New England, A
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 57

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn A. Rivers

    Personnel: Maurice Deebank (guitar); Gary Ainge (drums).
    On The Splendour of Fear, Felt still hasn't figured out how to tame all that glorious atmosphere into a distinct vision. The classically trained Maurice Deebank can unravel glistening guitar scales like nobody's business -- and Lawrence's obtuse vocal delivery certainly possesses an uncanny charm -- but this release can be monotonous at times, lapsing too often into meandering guitarscapes. The tone of the album is set on the first track, which opens with an extended dirge-like instrumental that finally gives way to Lawrence's vocals. The eight-minute-plus track "The Stagnant Pool" is a highlight here, simply because it seems purposeful -- with Lawrence's ominous vocals giving way to an emotional, melodic guitar jam that anticipates the later work of the Smiths' Johnny Marr. ~ Erik Hage

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (7/03, p.118) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The sound is mesmerising..."
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