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This post was published more than 15 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 15 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and write about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 15 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
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Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

I’ve had this album for a while now, but never quite got round to reviewing it. So now is the time…

It’s an absolute masterpiece of an album, one of the best I’ve ever heard. I’m going to steal from the Amazon reviewer ‘Jules T’, because s/he puts it much better than I could ever hope to:

This is an album to dissolve into, a bit like the best hot bath you’ve ever had. As I have got to know it I have fallen deeply in love with it.

It consists entirely of Armstrong’s hands and a piano, this simplicity only adding to the intimacy conveyed by the mood of the music. It’s deeply emotional, more so than you would expect for a album entirely played on one instrument. And it’s incredibly relaxing and uplifting.

Armstrong plays the piano as no-one before, both in a spiritual and literal sense – he plucks, strums, and digitally messes about, as well as playing straight.

It’s just fantastic, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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