Into The Woods CHERRY RED. CD/LP

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums - Phil Alexan­der

Bri­tain’s great­est ‘un­der­ground’ band go for­ag­ing. While their pre­vi­ous stu­dio al­bum, the con­cep­tual The Ma­chine Stops, was based on EM Forster’s dystopian novel of the same name, its suc­ces­sor is an al­to­gether more pos­i­tive at­tempt to com­mune with na­ture. The driv­ing, open­ing ti­tle track matches mus­cle with tex­ture. Cot­tage In The Woods fol­lows, of­fer­ing a pas­toral, gen­teel counterpoint, and un­der­lin­ing the band’s oft-over­looked melodic acu­men. Armed with a clat­ter­ing, earthy pro­duc­tion, these 13 tracks find Dave Brock and his men re­stat­ing the im­por­tance of causes close to their heart: As­cent es­pouses a mes­sage of unity and love, while the wry Ve­gan Lunch pro­claims that we should “eat more veg­eta­bles and be kind.” As Brock con­firmed in last month’s MOJO In­ter­view, Into The Woods is the sound of a band who, 27 stu­dio al­bums into their ca­reer, clearly still have some­thing to say and are hav­ing fun say­ing it.

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