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Robyn Hitchcock - Spooked

Meeting up with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings after their Shepherds Bush show last year, Hitchcock unearthed a mutual appreciation society (Rawlings queued for over an hour to get his autograph back in 1991). The resulting collaboration —recorded in Nashville—is this intimate, woody collection of fractured folk, gently nudged askew by Hitchcock's head-tripping surrealism (wooing girls with almond whirls, living on a tree bough with Norm, japing as flight controller for alien package tours). When it's played straighter—"Full Moon In My Soul" or Dylan's "Tryin' To Get To Heaven Before They Close The Door"—it's as affecting as anything by his illustrious partners.

Rating: 3 / 10


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