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During his run as leader of college rock band The Egyptians, Robyn Hitchcock snuck in a batch of solo sessions, resulting in his second great acoustic album, Eye. As with I Often Dream of Trains, Hitchcock plays the majority of the instruments here, relying primarily on piano, acoustic guitar, and his own vocals (which are often overdubbed to nice harmonic effect). For those accustomed to the quirky pop of his full band efforts, Hitchcock's Eye is surprisingly brooding, but equally rewarding. With their abstruse lyrics and folk structures, songs like "Queen Elvis" and "Glass Hotel" are doubtlessly indebted to one of Hitchcock's heroes, Bob Dylan. Other cuts, like the odd and delightful "Certainly Cliquot," are utterly and uniquely Robyn Hitchcock. Amidst these strange tales that often suggest uneasy domesticity comes the surprisingly straightforward, sunny, and strummy "Beautiful Girl." The album is filled with oblique looks at love in its many forms. It also offers a Lennon-esque tribute to Hitchcock's Frisbee-playing neighbor in "Clean Steve" and a lovely and delicate instrumental ditty called "Chinese Water Python." For those casual fans who know him only as that guy who sang "Balloon Man," Robyn Hitchcock's endlessly absorbing Eye offers a different look at a musical cult hero.
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