On my “to-be-reviewed” list was the album Marquee Moon, a classic of the punk-rock era. However, fellow blogger Ovidiu Boar over at Tangled Up In Music reviewed it recently and did a nice job. I asked him if I could re-blog it and he was cool with that. Plus having a guest blogger will save me from A) carpal tunnel and 2) having to think.
The only thing I’ll add to his review is that I read somewhere that these guys rehearsed this album relentlessly. Anyway, without further ado, here’s his review.
To dub Television as guitar wizards is to undersell them. Not because Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd could ever be accused of not mastering the instrument – they prove themselves as early as the album’s first riffs. And not because Marquee Moon couldn’t be classified as a guitar album – it undoubtedly centers around the interplay and exchange of leads between the two players. But at the same time, it is so much more than that. It is simply put, a case of an album where everything comes together, where every element is in its right place. It reads like a finished puzzle, which is crazy considering that it was only the band’s first effort.
Take Venus for example. The guitar parts are a serious contender for the album’s prettiest, but a lot of the magic has to do with just how well they blend in with the…
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