What does it sound like?:
Oh Gilbert, what do you sound like? Music Hall mixed with a voice in the “squeaky” range. It’s charming and harmless and tuneful and melodic. It’s just lovely. Then you dig a bit further into what he’s actually singing in those lovely songs and you begin to realise that here’s a young man who had lived a bit and like a musical observational comedian had taken all those experiences and turned them into 3 minute takes on life that are quite unique and exceptional. “Permissive Twit”, Nothing Rhymed” Alone Again, Naturally” even “Matrimony” when you really listen are exquisite windows into Gilberts world that will strike a chord with you somewhere. Thete are some less familiar tracks that leap out. “Im A Writer Not a Fighter” is a slicee of funk with Gilbert talking the intro in a strange mid west accent which then kicks into some more extraordinary lyrics. This album was from the “Music For Pleasure” collection and it seems just right for Gilbert O’Sullivan. My only complaint is that there’s no “We Will”.There’s a lovely introduction, for want of a better word, on the back by Nigel Hunter of Music Week and that alone has ignited a desire in me to seek out more vinyl albums I’ll try and post it in the comments.
What does it all *mean*?
It means that I can’t get enough of 1971 – 1974 Gilbert O’Sullivan. He’s been touring and has a new album out which I should listen to but i love this stuff so much I’m not sure I can. I think he had a golden period and I’m happy to wallow in that from time to time.
Goes well with…
Baggy hat and short trousers. ..
Might suit people who like…
Lyrics, melody and a gentler, musical story telling