Lindstrøm – Where You Go I Go Too
A game of two halves guv. Or a case of unfulfilled expectations; take your pick on the cliché front; it’s all the same to me. This LP has three tracks, all long, but one mammoth one (the title track); which kicks proceedings off. This opener is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Clear, quicksilver and sleek in structure, it sounds very much like a New Age version of Simple Minds’ New Gold Dream track (the guitar lines & dovetailing from the synths are very, very reminiscent of the interplay the ‘Minds’ guitarist Charlie Burchill had with keyboardist Mick MacNeil). There’s also a slight Nordic sense of regret and wandering inherent in the music - all that windblown stuff – combining as it does with a Utopian feel that reminds me of the records Klaus Schultze, Manuel Gottsching and Edgar Froese made in the mid to late seventies.
So you can see, I really like it. And it’s such a shame that the other two tracks don’t try to capture the sparkle of Where You Go I Go Too. Rather, Grand Ideas and Take the Long Way Home have some promising moments, but are pretty formulaic work outs, not to say trite ones at times. Luckily we can return to the opener, seeing as 28 minutes is enough to sate most appetites for this kind of music.
Words: Richard Foster