Robyn Hitchcock / Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians

Element of Light

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Element of Light, Hitchcock's second studio album with the Egyptians, remains one of his finest moments and offers a convincing argument for his talents as a pop craftsman. Using John Lennon's work for Revolver and The Beatles as a template, Hitchcock wrote an elegant set of songs for Element of Light, songs that contained all of his cryptic lyrical sensibilities, yet featured more refined melodies and song structures. The Egyptians play with a subtle grace, moving between the stately "Winchester" and light psychedelia of "If You Were a Priest" to the bracing attack of "Tell Me About Your Drugs" with ease. While it sacrifices some of the edgy tension of Hitchcock's earlier work, Element of Light is his most melodic and eerily beautiful record. [In 2008, Yep Roc released a new edition of Element of Light which included the original album re-mastered, six bonus cuts (four of which had never seen the light of day) and expanded packaging.]

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:58 Amazon
2 4:59 Amazon
3 2:48 Amazon
4 2:51 Amazon
5 4:16 Amazon
6 2:13 Amazon
7 3:00 Amazon
8 5:08 Amazon
9 2:46 Amazon
10 5:36 Amazon
11 3:33 Amazon
12 3:19 Amazon
13 4:19 Amazon
14 2:41 Amazon
15 2:25
16 1:54 Amazon
17 3:45 Amazon
18 2:45 Amazon
19 4:47 Amazon
20 5:13 Amazon
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