ROBYN HITCHCOCK – The Man Upstairs

Album: The Man Upstairs

Artist: Robyn Hitchcock

Label: Yep Roc

Release Date: August 26, 2014

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BY JOHN B. MOORE

 

For his 20th (20th!) solo record, Robyn Hitchcock opted for a collection of covers and originals. The covers selection is mixed, with a stellar take on The Psychedelic Furs’ “The Ghost in You” kicking off the record, as well as an inspired cover of Brian Ferry’s “To Turn You On,” but there is also a fairly staid version of The Doors’ “Crystal Ship” dragging down the album.

 

According to Hitchcock, the origin of the record apparently came simply out of an excuse to work with the celebrated producer Joe Boyd, who has helped everyone from Nick Drake to Pink Floyd.

 

While there is nothing particular off about this quiet, solid collection – consisting of little more than Hitchcock’s voice over quite acoustic guitars and the occasional piano and cello – it’s still a pretty muted, low-energy affair that is not immediately memorable. Maybe that will change after more time with the record.

 

DOWNLOAD: “The Ghost In You,” “To Turn You On” and “Trouble in Your Blood”

 

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