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11th January 2013

Music Project - Album #6: 4AD Presents... @ 19:43

4AD Presents the 13 Year Itch by Various Artists

This is the first of many compilation albums and the first of several sampler albums that I've collected over the years.

I've been a huge fan of Ivo Watt's 4AD label since the early nineties. Watt's distinctive production reverberates throughout all the artists borne from the 4AD stable. Throwing Muses, Belly, Lush, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, This Mortal Coil, Department of Eagles...they're all 4AD bands. What is unusual is that I was unaware at the time that the vast majority of them were 4AD artists. Indeed, at the time I was buying CDs and it was only in about 1991 that I actually started to pay attention to the studio and record label. So when the download frenzy of the last decade began I eagerly sucked every album I could from the 4AD label.

It was interesting at the time because I found it difficult to get most of the stuff I wanted legally due to licensing and limited editions. I would look full of whist at the catalogues and try to imagine what the songs sounded like. When I gained super fast broadband I was able to source the actual tracks and, no, I wasn't disappointed.

13 year Itch  is a compilation sampler of the bands that were available in 1993. It starts with a rousing dose of shoe gazing with Lush's Desire Lines, passing by The Breeders brooding about the Invisible Man and heading briefly into shady Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance) territory (Perry performs a cover of Tim Buckley's Happy Time) before nose diving into the This Is the Way, Part 2 climax with Ultra Vivid Scene. The zeitgeist of the 90s lives on through these artists and the 4AD label . If I was to relive my youth, I would want this to be the soundtrack. I would want to be a little older and better off than I was. I would also want to be hanging round with moody gothesque shoe gazers, talking about the impending doom of the approaching millennium, whilst sitting in bed sitting rooms that stink of Patchouli, joss sticks and couscous.

Wait...

I did.

I just described my early 20's.

Sadly this album wasn't playing.

If I was to do it again. I would expect it to be playing on my Sony Walkman or at least on my Sony CD player.

If you're interested in 4AD this is the second best compilation sampler to get hold of. The first is the Uncut freeby, which I will probably review sometime in the next year.

http://www.allmusic.com/album/4ad-presents-the-13-year-itch-mw0001811485
 
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From:meathiel
Date:11th January 2013 20:18 (UTC)
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I used to love a lot of the 4AD bands ... I think I have some of the samplers as well ... somewhere ... Maybe they turn up when I have to pack up all the stuff in my living room! ;-)
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From:stegzy
Date:11th January 2013 21:08 (UTC)
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You and I share very similar music tastes so I wouldn't be surprised if we also enjoy the same record labels.
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From:venta
Date:11th January 2013 20:21 (UTC)
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You're going to get to U in under a year? I'm impressed ;)
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From:stegzy
Date:11th January 2013 21:12 (UTC)
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Heh, I'm being ambitious I think.

This current run of reviews is purely a catch up of 3 weeks of listening. I'm only intending on doing one or two a week except for really short albums.
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From:hullabalo_o
Date:11th January 2013 20:35 (UTC)
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I LOVED LUSH!! I wanted to be Miki so badly when I was 13! Lovelife is an amazing album!
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From:stegzy
Date:11th January 2013 21:16 (UTC)
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Lush bring back a few memories for me. Unfortunately I did a lot of mind altering substances in those days so most of the period is confused and hazy. But occasionally lucid clarity is brought on by a bit of Lush....Shake Baby Shake....
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From:zoefruitcake
Date:11th January 2013 21:49 (UTC)
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you hate couscous

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