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"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Mojo SEPTEMBER 2004 - by David Buckley
PHIL MANZANERA: 6PM
Ex-Roxy man's affecting, if reserved, sixth solo album.
Manzanera's thin, dreamy David Gilmouresque voice could define 'polite' in the OED. Gilmour himself is featured on the album, along with Chrissie Hynde and Robert Wyatt, and a trio of old Roxy Music chums, Mackay, Thompson and Eno. But in truth, there's very little overlap between the Manzanera we get here and anything issued under the Roxy banner. What we do get, though, are some excellently played art rock songs, a tad muso at times, but never less than pleasingly woozy. Wish You Well is a moving tribute to his friend, the late, great music writer Ian MacDonald, while Sacred Days, like much else here, infused with a trippy psychedelia. Best of all is Green Spikey [sic] Cactus, a superbly catchy pop song, and just enough to keep the long-suffering Roxy faithful happy.