Desire's Magic Theatre


Ok, ok... I really have to find some way to deal with this trend of […]
August 9, 2016
Purson - Desire's Magic Theatre album cover

Ok, ok... I really have to find some way to deal with this trend of Metal and Rock bands trying to sound like those of the 60s, 70s and the 80s.

Here is the way it is: what lies in the past must stay there. For it only ends in two ways: either you think you can bring something different from what is done and you're a genius, because you found something that our forefathers didn't on their times, or you are just a carbon copy of what has already been done. There are of course some scenarios in the middle of these two cases, but if you're not a genius, the chances to offer something without value increases.

And to be honest, the case of the English band PURSON to me seems too boring. Their latest album, "Desire's Magic Theatre", is the perfect cure for insomnia.

Sorry, but continuing to do again and again what has already been done a thousand times in the past is not something that we can consider as 'good'. No, it's just replicating what bands from the late 60s and early 70s have done countless times before these guys were even born!

It's dirty, intense and done with class, but is also desperately trying to be a clone of what bands like THE WHO, CREAM, LED ZEPPELIN and others from this team have done; and in a more musically accessible form. Ok, I understand that some don't have enough patience to listen through the records of those days, but if you do, you'll understand what I mean.

The sound quality is another problem.

The album's producer tried with all his powers to make "Desire's Magic Theatre" sounds as organic as bands from the past. And that he achieved, but it makes their music sound mouldy and out-dated! And this is a great sin, because this feeling can be a torment for those who know that music, in its time, had to deal with its share of difficulties, and it's not fair to put it through that again.

Of course the album is not a total loss, for there are moments like the nasty "Desire's Magic Theatre" (with all its musical voyages); the musical arrangements on the introspective "Dead Dodo Down"; the vocals and Hammond on "The Sky Parade"; the hooking Pop sound of "The Way It Is"; and the introspective "The Bitter Suite". Unfortunately they aren't enough to hide from us that their musical efforts were done in the wrong way. They work lacks a personal touch, and could benefit from staying away from what has already done.

It's truly boring, and a waste of time.

4 / 10

Nothing special








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"Desire's Magic Theatre" Track-listing:
  1. Desire's Magic Theatre
  2. Electric Landlady
  3. Dead Dodo Down
  4. Pedigree Chums
  5. The Sky Parade
  6. The Window Cleaner
  7. The Way It Is
  8. Mr. Howard
  9. I Know
  10. The Bitter Suite
Purson Lineup:

Rosalie Cunningham - Vocals, Guitars
George Hudson - Guitars
Barnaby Maddick - Bass
Samuel Shove - Keyboards, Mellotron, Wurlitzer
Jack Hobbs - Drums

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