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Robyn Hitchcock - I Often Dream of Trains Click here to see this CD at!

By Mike McGonigal

The ghosts of cracked '60s British visionaries Syd Barrett, Vivian Stanshall, and Kevin Ayers float above this pleasurable 1984 release, arguably Robyn Hitchock's definitive solo statement. I Often Dream of Trains is a sparse, surreal work that alternates moments of sublime, acoustic beauty with bouts of puerile, schoolboy humor. The usual Hitchcockian obsessions are here: death (the rousing and gloomy "Sounds Great When You're Dead" and the haunting, majestic "Bones in the Ground"), nostalgia for the lost and obscure (the cocktail lounge lament "My Favourite Buildings" and the priceless, lush "Trams of Old London"), decay (the lovely, haunting instrumental track "Heart Full of Leaves" and the savory "Autumn Is Your Last Chance"), and unmitigated pot-head nonsense (the desultory "Furry Green Atom Bowl"). Forced novelty numbers such as "Uncorrected Personality Traits" and "Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl" grate after repeated listenings, making a strong case for the judicious employment of the CD player's program function.

1. Nocturne (Prelude)13. This Could Be The Day
2. Sometimes I Wish I Was A Pretty Girl14. Trams Of Old London
3. Cathedral15. Furry Green Atom Bowl
4. Uncorrected Personality Traits16. Heart Full Of Leaves
5. Sounds Great When You're Dead17. Autumn Is Your Last Chance
6. Flavour Of Night18. I Often Dream Of Trains
7. Ye Sleeping Knights Of Jesus19. Nocturne (Demise)
8. Mellow Together20. Ye Sleeping Knights Of Jesus
9. Winter Love21. Sometimes I Wish I Was A Pretty Girl
10. The Bones In The Ground22. Cathedral
11. My Favourite Buildings23. Mellow Together
12. I Used To Say I Love You24. The Bones In The Ground


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Artist: Robyn Hitchcock

Released: February 25, 1984

Availability: CD, Vinyl


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