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Robin's Reign by Robin Gibb
Released: Mar 1970
Label: Bee Gees/Reprise
Though a commercial flop when released in 1970, Robin's Reign now stands as a particular high point in baroque-tinged art pop, right up there with The Bee Gees' own Odessa and (of course) Scott Walker's Scott 4. With its mix of heavy-handed organ, primitive drum machine, orchestration-as-sonic-collage and cathedral-worthy reverb, the record possesses an utterly unique sound: ghostly, distant, lush, even primitive in places. Reeling from The Bee Gees' (temporary) breakup the year prior, Gibb's quivering high tenor is stained in bitterness, melancholy and longing. Gorgeous stuff for sure.
Justin Farrar
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