- The Cure (2000, 64:39, Cyclops CYCL 088)
his first solo outing "Tall Stories For Small Children" Guy Manning
returns with "The Cure" under the guise of Manning as a band. I have
not heard his previous album, so I have no way of comparison, but I like what I
have heard here. Before writing this review I have given this disc plenty of
spins in my CD-player and this benefited my view on this album. What we have is
a concept album that deals with the deprivation of your senses if I have to
believe the booklet. I have not studied the lyrics yet so won't go into that.
"The Cure" Guy is helped by his 'old' pal Andy Tillison-Diskdrive, who
adds his distinctive keyboard style, along with some other (ex) members of the
Parallel Or 90 Degrees clan (of which Guy is also part). The album is divided
into 3 parts. The opening (Syndrome) with only 1 title "Domicile" a
modern take on VDGG and could have been a PO90 track, the ripping Hammond is a
distinct ATD feature.
next part, (Therapy) consists of 5 parts. The soft and gentle introduction
"Real life" is a quiet and emotive piece with acoustic guitar and
gentle keyboards where we hear Mr. Manning's whispering voice that reminds me of
a cross between Ian Anderson
the album is the long epic (Prognosis), which only consists of "The
Cure". Again a reference point is found, this time in the later work of
fine piece of work that, though not outstanding, will provide you with some
pleasant listening. The only minor is that the drums are often programmed or
triggered so the sound is a little thin.