Art Bears - Hopes and Fears
Digi-pack and remastered excellently by Bob Drake, this was the 1st album by the successor band to Henry Cow, which was actually recorded AS a Henry Cow album but released as by Art Bears when some members of Cow didn't feel it was a "Cow" release. With Dagmar Krause-vocals, Chris Cutler-drums, electronics & Fred Frith- guitars, keyboards, violin, etc. + all the rest of Henry Cow. Songs with powerful lyrics built upon experimental kernels. "This grouping made one of the most powerful statements yet in the world of Art-Rock. Hopes and Fears shows the group at its most formidable stage in terms of composition. The pieces are often highly complex, with ideas that zig-zag through a maze of musical imagery, highlighting the group at their peak of virtuosity."