Album review

The Legendary Pink Dots - All The King's Horses

Formed in 1980 and led by Amsterdam-based English ex-pat Edward Ka-Spel, The Legendary Pink Dots have never quite fallen into fashion in their 20 years but have been steadily prolific all the same. Their music, an easy mix of mock-whimsical psychedelia and avant-garde techno, is redolent of the nightmarish, fractured fairytales'n'toyboxes imagination of Syd Barrett. All The King's Horses' Humpty Dumpty allusion is deliberate—this is their oblique take on September 11. However, the ultimate message of these songs is that the world, like the Pink Dots themselves, is fragile but strangely resilient.

Rating: 3 / 10


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