Finish The Story
Finish The Story, Malvern
Review 2006 of The Sampler #05 can be found in:
Gajoob 1990 (review of En Face)
Extracts from journal/review by Mick Mercer
WINDOW/FINISH THE STORY
Back in July I reviewed this sampler, only for that to turn out to be a sampler of this sampler, and with almost entirely different tracks!!! (Has the world gone mad?)
The difference this time around, now their inclusion had been settled, is five Finish The Story tracks. Rejoice people, rejoice! ‘Trapped In The Hometown’ has a gauzy tangle of music behind slowly drawn vocals with its memorable guitar rising alongside and revealing a weighty variety of musical avenues to pull you down; the mood empty, or brightly in your face, a thoroughly diverting, divine encounter. ‘Playing At Life’ is even better with a mean throb, and more of his sublimely catchy, nagging guitar with Nicola’s unusually piercing vocals and a weirdly spooky synth. ‘Solace’ is more relaxed, actually far more towards the This Window style, being like ambient bellows, billowing...........and there’s an intriguing little slice called ‘Ripples In The Water’ at the end too.
..........the unique charms of Finish The Story are something which this trio could easily carry on today, so let’s hope that works out. Put together they make sense, and not just when his curiously distinctive raged guitar style becomes sternly honed and oddly hypnotic.
great little record.
BBC online. September 2005. Great background and images a fresh look back.
June 2005 a retrospective look back at Finish The Story - Contemporary reviews and new updates.' The Mick 17'
THE STORY/THE DANCING DID.
LONDON gigs generally become dull, repetitive routines of
expected dross, the rural areas seem to offer a more refreshing
Zag SEPT 1981