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Review by Andy Morton, October 2014
2014 has thus far resounded to the sound of long hiatuses coming to noisy, and much talked-
A concept album of sorts, …Jekyll… is nonetheless miles from the overwrought prog indulgence of The Wall or …Topographic Oceans, rather more akin to the wilful eclecticism and compelling grooves of David Holmes Bow Down To The Exit Sign or Typewriter‘s Skeleton Key. Albeit as otherworldly as neither, and refusing to venture as far from conventional song structures, there’s the same sense of a single guiding creative light, similar wild mood swings between fuzzed-
Mex‘s often heavily-
Some cuts stand out, though: From Nought To Sixty mixes snappy punk riffing with mature reflection; Think About It sets poet Cremin‘s ‘angel on the shoulder’ conversational tones to Edwin‘s bass groove to great effect, and Catching A Train has a pleasing whiff of Psychedelic Fur. Mex is an exponent of the punk days, but this is an album that could only have come to fruition in 2014, incorporating well-
Reviewed in Issue 114, August 2014
Here's a nicely packaged CD which is the first release in 31 years (!) from Paul Mex, who has previously been mentioned in these pages due to a couple of his old songs appearing on The Thing from the Crypt compilation LP (see HY!#99). My spies (Secret Squirrel and Undercover Elephant) tell me that "he's worked as a producer/sound engineer with mainstream chart success sometimes" and you can kinda TELL, as this is very well recorded (partly at ABBEY ROAD!) and played. The actual songs are pretty good too, especially From Nought to Sixty, Everybody Has a Book Inside (marred only slightly by some cheesy sax) and Think About it, which features spoken word narration from Bernadette Cremin.
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Reviewed in Issue 125, September 2014
‘Mex’ is the nom de plume of Watford's Paul H, who in his capacity as a record producer has had a string of mainstream hits. This tastefully packaged and eccentrically eclectic CD is Mex's first solo album since 1982's Intense Living, which as was an underground convention back then was released as a limited edition cassette.
Paul says of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde: "The album is primarily about my recent trials and tribulations and formed from all the notes written during my therapy sessions after having a breakdown. The very last track is actually about suicide. It was cathartic getting it out that way and could be argued was another form of therapy within itself." And while this record is neither as mad as most that find their way into this publication nor up there with Joy Division in the misery stakes, there's a distinct sense of working through issues running through these twelve songs, particularly in terms of personal relationship struggles.
As you'd expect from a man behind the controls for numerous hit singles and from the fact that some of this record was recorded at Abbey Road, the sound is slick, professional and contemporary, with a cast of able session musicians including guitarists Louise Flenley and Gordon Russell. But it's not without its quirks and rough edges. The opening track Angry Man has a garage-
What strikes me most about this record is how full of ear-
The album's sleeve prominently quotes Robert Louis Stevenson's words: ‘You must suffer me to go my own dark way.’ Maybe it's appropriate that Stevenson was the author of Treasure Island.