Hello, I Must Be Going
This ones an odd misstep between Collinss first and third solo albums, to my ear anyway you can hear the transition from the former to the latter taking place, but the transition itself really doesnt grab like either of the flanking albums do. It has two easy hitsYou Cant Hurry Love for the radio crowd and I Dont Care Anymore for those more interested in the oddly striking sounds of the early 1980sand very, very little else of note.
For my ownself, I included the album in my library because of its presence as the middle chapter in this trilogy, but actually its Thru These Walls that hooked me and keeps the CD in place. The opening track is good, if not as starkly powerful as it sounded back when it was new, and Collinss strange affected accents do detract somewhat from that particular track, yet they work on Like China so I cant make a blanket denigration here.
Thru These Walls is however the only truly engaging track on this album: it commands my attention and holds my interest right from its start, and of course the secondary verse sequences and their eerie violence deliver a fine experience that the songs beginning doesnt fully forecast. Its a yummy track, but having said all that I must concede that it fails in its execution because it lets conventional musical fashions neutralize it for its closing, much to the detriment of the overall song. The power of the voyeurism here is lost, and regrettably so, when those excellent contrasts and creepy immediacies give way to major-harmony resolutions and vague chordal progressions . In other words, its a great track to listen to if you stop three-quarters of the way through.
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.