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Art of Fighting | The Very Strange Year (Half a Cow)
Solemn, soothing and seductively slovenly, Ollie Brown, Peggy Frew and Cameron Grant's sprawling six-tracker takes the unhurried path laid down by Red House Painters with a slacker's attitude. Brown's wavering vocal weaves its words around the rolling rhythm section, resignation seeping through his pores ?? "I don't understand you, but I want to" he sings on the sweeping Wild Beast. With the fragility of Mark Kozelek's epic balladry and the lazy stroll of Joel R.L. Phelps' Downer Trio, AOF take their time to reach a song's denouement, instead the journey is the destination. It's an hypnotic trip.

Matt Dornan
CWAS #4 - Winter 1998/9 - The Lost Issue