The Marble Downs
‘It’d be daft to even attempt an exhaustive list of what’s gone musically into this enormous bubbling cauldron of ideas. Just when you’re getting used to a base of traditional/folk-rock within the madness, a song like Ain’t Nothing Wrong With A Little Longing slices in on garage organs and fuzz guitar before buggering off somewhere completely different. And then the whole thing immediately slows down into what could almost be a lost Simon and Garfunkel classic (which it turns out is a musical setting of a Dorothy Parker poem – Excursions Into Assonance). In amongst all this it makes perfect sense to do a portentous, apocalyptic version of Oldham’s own Riding, punctuated by an insistent repeating peal of guitar sound. And to top the whole lot off with a cover from a Robin Gibb solo album. Of course it does.
‘There’s folk, there’s rock, there’s psychedelia, there’s beauty, there’s noise, there’s sex, there’s gloom, there’s humour, there’s fun. It’s often over-the-top but sometimes perfectly restrained. It’s totally, gloriously, fucking nuts’ (Sounds XP).