Shooting At The Moon (album) by Kevin Ayers
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Kevin Ayers bestography
The best album by Kevin Ayers is Joy Of A Toy which is ranked number 4498 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 396.
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Another great Kevin Ayers record. Like, joy of a toy, and, whatevershebrings, it's another quirky classic. All these albums are so unique and inventive it's incredible to think they're not more highly thought of. The again, when it comes to music most people are clueless and ignorant. This record is a bit undelgent in places but this was the early seventies when a lot of experimentation was going on, but the best stuff here is a good as anything. If you don't know this music, check it out.
I was recommended to listen closer to Kevin Ayers, since, especially his early albums should be compareable to artists such as Syd Barrett and John Cale. I chose to give this album a chance, since it apparently is considered to be one his best. I obviously had noticed that the label "avant-garde" often was attached to his music, but assumed that this was meant positively.
The album "Shooting to the Moon" is his second, and it was originally released in 1970. It starts off very promising, with the melodic "May I" ppresented in the best John Cale style, but from here real highlights seems to be few - okay, there are fine passages with glimpses of what could have been Syd Barrett, but an apparent desire to be "avant garde" often becomes a bit of a drag on on songs that may otherwise have been nice numbers.
Dissonant harmonies, and long passages where more or less only strange sounds and noises can be heard, ruin several numbers. Other songs seem almost silly, although there is also an obvious charm to them - this applies to songs like "Oyster And The Flying Fish" and "Clarence in Wonderland".
The five bonus tracks fall well into the whole, and "Gemini Child" definitely belongs among the best tracks on the release.
It's an album that is difficult to give stars - primarily because it seems somewhat uneven and at times too typical of its time - I settle for three stars because, despite obvious flaws, you can hardly call the album predictable or boring.
Kevin Ayers produced two quirky and eccentric masterpieces - 'Joy Of A Toy', his debut, and the follow-up 'Shooting At The Moon'. Although both albums were in the innocent and playful tradition of Syd Barrett, it was the latter that stamped his claim as one of the greatest and most original British artists of all-time. Themes of existential melancholy, humour and nostalgia that emphasize Parisian decadence and eastern exotica, overlay an enchanting and often unsettling psychedlic underbelly assentuated by Ayer's use of accordian, clarinet, strings and percussion.
This is a gem of an album.