Wednesday, April 4, 2007

CARAVAN - For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night

A superb album from start to finish. After Caravan had appeared to lose their way with "Waterloo Lily", they came back in top form here. Richard Sinclair and Steve Millar, who both wanted to continue to explore the jazz direction of “Waterloo Lily”, left the band prior to the recording of this album, leaving the way clear for Pye Hastings and the remaining members to revert to the more rock focused, melodic style of previous albums. “For girls..” leads off with one of the many the live favourites it spawned. "Memory Lain/Hugh Headloss" is a track which sums up all that is good about the album. It is melodic, adventurous, interesting, tight, and very well performed. “The dog, the dog….” is my personal favourite, with its inspired lyrics, and simple melody. The closing track, “L’auberge Du Sanglier” is one of those Caravan epics, this time nominally in 5 parts, but very much a complete piece.

Track Listing
Memory Lain, Hugh/Headloss - 9:14
Hoedown - 3:18
Surprise, Surprise - 4:06
C'thulu Thulu - 6:12
The Dog, the Dog, He's at It Again - 5:56
Be Alright/Chance of a Lifetime - 6:33
L' Auberge du Sanglier/A Hunting We Shall Go/Pengola/Backwards - 10:03

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