An album for diehard Nirvana (UK) fans only and then I think disappointment will reign supreme. Without the success of the wonderful earlier Nirvana UK albums I doubt whether this album would have been initially released on Vertigo. Esoteric do a wonderful job in officially re-issuing so many wonderful progressive gems I hate actually to be so negative.
There are two things that need to initially be pointed out before commencement of this review. Firstly: Do not confuse this band /album with the US grunge band of the same name from Seattle USA. Secondly: Local Anaesthetic is, for all intents and purposes, a solo album by Patrick Campbell Lyons and in my opinion cannot be considered as being in the same league as the wonderful and original UK based band Nirvana which was comprised of the magical paring of Patrick Campbell Lyons and Alex Spyropoulos.
Generally the album is perfectly listenable but if anyone is looking for the wonderfully melodic, unbelievably catchy and truly remarkable idealistic pop/psyche songs from the likes of the “Simon Simopath or “All of Us” albums they will be somewhat disappointed. For the most part the album is dreadfully disjointed and without any clear direction. I don’t know for sure but, it seems to be a complete ragbag mixture of odds and end outtakes. Surprisingly Patrick Cambell Lyons states in the original sleeve notes for “Local Anaesthetic” that he considers that this album to be the real Nirvana. I would say, for sure, that this statement is a complete disservice to his old pal Alex Spyropoulos. I wonder if this day in 2017 such a statement would still stand. I doubt it.
Whilst the original Nirvana magic is missing from this album there are some elements of the sound which is nicely retained for example the lyrical charm of Patrick Campbell’s pleasantly soothing voice and there are some enjoyable moments of synthesizer and guitar interplay (at 10:45) which add a technically interesting edge to the various pieces contributing to “Part 1 “Modus Operandi.”
Then after a short but pointless pub type sing along followed by several bars of rather inane percussion “Part 2 Home” begins with the music thankfully returning to some (almost but not quite) older style “Nirvana” melodic happenings that fortunately include some really good tasty support guitar.
There are throughout the album some awfully drab moments of pure mediocrity such as “Yellow Sunshine” and “I Wanna Go Home” which apart from some nice piano backing add nothing at all to the proceedings even the lead guitar break on these track sections is extremely rudimentary.
Summary: An album for diehard Nirvana (UK) fans only and then I think disappointment will reign supreme. Without the success of the wonderful earlier Nirvana UK albums I doubt whether this album would have been initially released on Vertigo. Esoteric do a wonderful job in officially re-issuing so many wonderful progressive gems I hate actually to be so negative.
Album Art: A beautifully packaged CD insert retaining the original album art together with additional and extensive notes, photos and information.
1. MODUS OPERANDI
2. HOME a) Salutation. b) Construction. c) Deconstrution. d) Reconstruction e) Fanfare,
3. Bonus –The Saddest Day of My Life.
Bonus –I Wanna Go Home