ALBUM REVIEW: COTTON MATHER – DEATH OF THE COOL

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Photo credit: Valerie Fremin

Background
Highly acclaimed 90s Pop Underground faves Cotton Mather returns with a new album after an absence of 15 years! Death of the Cool contains singer-songwriter Robert Harrison’s pure pop meditations on Chinese philosophy – in particular, one song each for each hexagram (or reading) of the I Ching! How 60s can one get?!?

Strengths
Make what you will of the lyrical concepts, the music is an immaculate evocation of the finest pop-rock created in the zeitgeist defining years (viz. 60s – 90s). Thus, powerful doses of psychedelia, folk-rock, power-pop and country-rock resonate throughout Death of the Cool. Harrison’s songwriting has not diminished a wit since the heady days when his work was acclaimed by none other than Oasis. In fact, one might argue that it has become more focused, more matured and thus more appealing.

Highlights
“The Book of Too Late Changes”, “Close to the Sun”, “Candy Lilac”, “Land of Flowers”, “Never Be It”.

Sounds Like
The Beatles, The Byrds, Big Star, Teenage Fanclub, Robyn Hitchcock.

Bottom Line
Better late than never, hopefully we get to hear more amazing pop-rock work from Cotton Mather sooner than later! Essential listening for all Pop Underground lovers!!

Information
Official Site: http://starapplekingdom.com/

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