Wednesday, August 27, 2014

40 Year Itch : Your Mum's Singing on TV

1974 was not a good year for me or for a lot of people, but then it wasn't a good year for the world.
-Marc Bolan

Ignored in the US, and overtaken by Sweet, Mud and other glam rockers in the UK, Marc Bolan needed a comeback album. The US-only release, Light of Love,  would not be it. 

   Combining some tracks from Zinc Alloy with recent UK singles, Light of Love is only slightly less sludgy and slightly more funky than the simplistic  dreck that had turned off critics, record buyers and Bolan himself I suspect. On many tracks the most dominant instrument isn't Bolan's guitar, it's his hand clapping. Topping it off, Bolan had gained weight and now sported a haircut that made him look like someone's mom. 

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