Television - Marquee Moon (1977) (1 Viewer)

Lili Marlene

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Putting it on now. BIt late I know but I'VE BEEN BUSY.

First minute is great. Definitely doesn't sound modern though. I mean, it has guitars that sound like guitars!
 

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Halfway through the album and it's pretty much 10/10 for me so far. I really like his singing! Looking forward to the dreaded second half.

Tell you what, it's great when you barely know classics that everyone else is too jaded to admit enjoying. I was too busy off listening to Whammy! by the B-52's or something (great album btw) when I should have been listening to this.
 

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Right that was great, second half was fantastic. It felt the perfect length for an album as well, I think i was just starting to get a bit bored at the very end but that's cool, it kept my attention all the way up to that. My only complaint would be that the verses to Elevation now sound a bit too 90's commercial 'alt' rock, but that's hardly the fault of Television.

There is a strange mixture of fairly straight forward songwriting with some very odd guitarring coming in now and then throughout. To say it's normal or orthodox sounding, particularly in 2016 when all radio music has about 14 writers, each constantly punching up aspects of every song in an attempt to polish them further, would be unfair. They're clearly following their muse and not trying to write commercial pop hits.

I definitely hear an invested emotional element in the songwriting though, compared to the more stand-offish conceptual artiness of, say, Wire (cos they were mentioned earlier) but i'm ok with that, in fact I prefer it. It's probably a bit of a balancing act and people who want bands to push the boat out in one direction or other would probably prefer if they either went off on a mad prog journey, or just stood there with their acoustic guitar, man-emoting. I'm glad they didn't and, crucially, I hear no compromise or pandering to an audience in the music here. Great stuff.

I'll probably actually listen to this for a bit now, like I should have when I was 14 and Q or whoever told me to.

9.5/10
 
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I don't think side B is a strong as side A.

Elevation is great.
Guiding light is really good, sounds like the softer side of the velvet underground.
Prove it is the weakest track on the album. similar chord progression to stand by me.
Torn curtain is also good.

Side A is pretty much perfect.
I don't really like that chromatic into lick to friction, but that's splitting hairs.

Have to say Billy Ficca is really underrated as a drummer.
 

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