“Children Of The Night” by Nash The Slash - album review

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TJR says

The second Nash The Slash album was produced by Steve Hillage, the old Canterbury scene guitarist now turning his hand to production duties. As with the debut of '79, it's a weird and interesting affair, but largely fails to excite me, largely due to the vaguely unsettling prog pomp which bobbles 'neath the new wave surface. The bandaged 32-year-old, somewhat impressively, sings and plays everything himself; synthesizer, mandolin, keyboards, voices, electronic percussion, pedals, electric violin and 'devices'. “Wolf” is a killer-starter, initially coming on all Jimi Hendrix (with no guitars!), before settling on what can only be described as a unique brand of futuristic new wave surf rock, plundering Prokofiev's “Peter and the Wolf” (1936) for musical motifs and licks. Talking of surf-rock, the inclusion of last year's single - a poppy cover of “Dead Man's Curve” (Jan & Dean, 1963) - is rather unaffecting by comparison. Sillier are the covers of “19th Nervous Breakdown” (The Rolling Stones, 1966) and “Dopes On The Water” (Deep Purple, 1972). The Nash the Slash I'd like him to be is not the Nash the Slash he wants to be. Pity.

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A1 [04:51] 8.3.png Nash The Slash - Wolf (Jeff Plewman) New Wave
A2 [03:32] 4.8.png Nash The Slash - Dead Man’s Curve (Jan Berry, Roger Christian, Artie Kornfeld, Brian Wilson) New Wave
A3 [04:15] 4.4.png Nash The Slash - Children Of The Night (Jeff Plewman, Toby Dammit) New Wave
A4 [00:54] 5.0.png Nash The Slash - Deep Forest (Jeff Plewman) Film Score / Incidental
A5 [04:48] 4.0.png Nash The Slash - In A Glass Eye (Jeff Plewman) Electronica
B1 [03:27] 4.3.png Nash The Slash - 19th Nervous Breakdown (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) New Wave
B2 [03:45] 5.0.png Nash The Slash - Swing Shift (Soixante Neuf) (Jeff Plewman, Toby Dammit) New Wave
B3 [01:00] 5.4.png Nash The Slash - Metropolis (Jeff Plewman) Electronica
B4 [06:03] 4.1.png Nash The Slash - Dopes On The Water (Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover) New Wave
B5 [04:15] 5.5.png Nash The Slash - Danger Zone (Jeff Plewman) Trance Rock

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