Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Val Stoecklein's "Grey Life"

"Given everything that happened before and after, it’s tempting to cast "Grey Life" alongside such venerable solo records as Skip Spence’s "Oar" and Syd Barrett’s "The Madcap Laughs"—the final intimate musings of an irreparably fractured mind. But it’s something less spectacular and, in a way, more moving: the major inspiration of a minor talent. It constitutes some kind of quiet, lonely victory—entirely befitting the man for whom simply getting up became, ultimately, too much of a struggle. It’s flawed, beautiful, strange, and just about perfect." (Keven McAlester)


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