There's No Rock'n Roll Singer Without a Spanish Knife

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There's No Rock'n Roll Singer Without a Spanish Knife Review

by Richie Unterberger

A nine-song mini-album of short, bittersweet tunes, strongly recalling their probable inspiration Syd Barrett on "I Don't Care." Mostly acoustic, with bursts of noise on the cover of The Velvet Underground's "European" and the psychedelic backwards/phased guitar piece that closes each side (in different versions). A fine, oddball effort that displays some of the best attributes of late-'60s/early-'70s folk and progressive rock without sounding retro.