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Mettle *

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 39

  • Credits

    Hugo Largo: Mimi Goese (vocals); Hahn Rowe (violin); Tim Sommer, Adam Peacock (bass).
    Brian Eno's label, Opal, picked up Hugo Largo for their second album, and on one hand the songs are closer to pop (or a weird art-school version thereof), yet on the other, the skill and emotional range of the band has broadened considerably. The menace of "Hot Day" abuts the beauty of "Jungle Jim" and the playfulness of "Turtle Song" (the one single from the album, bearing bonus tracks that should have been reissued). Mimi Goese draws out one word, then another, making musical loop-de-loops with the syllables, causing the listener to hang on every word for some sort of meaning. One wonders what could have come out if the group had continued, but Mettle is satisfying enough as an epitaph. ~ Ted Mills

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (7/95, pp.93-94) - Rated #68 in AP's list of the `Top 99 Of '85-'95' - "...Hugo Largo [are] like attending a string quartet performance, a chamber work of sublime intricacy and intensity. The songs are seamlessly interwoven in soft yet disturbing psychic confusions and resolutions..."
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