Art Attack was released in 1987 0n Ryko Disc in the USA in a gatefold sleeve and on clear vinyl. It includes the cascading 12 string acoustic arpeggios of You Whisper and Water and the single She’s King featuring Barton Price on drums.
– October 29, 2013
This is my personal favorite MWP record. Fearlessly all over the map. Pure pop to spoken word experimentation, And EVERYTHING in between. Most likely primitively recorded, it also boasts a warm production that is difficult to find on a record released in 1988. Drum machine sound actually leads to the charm of “She’s King”. “Listen/Space” somehow straddles the line between ballad and slow build prog rock. And it WORKS. The album proper opens and closes with the sparkling “Oh/Ah Stockholm” in a grandiose manner. The centerpiece is the sublime “You Whisper”, which boasts the best poetic lyrical imagery and the world’s greatest twelve-string chord progression. The vocals are occasionally slightly overwrought, but it’s MWP at his bushy tailed best.
Man, I thought being a “music critic” and writing a record review would be really fun…
Just listen to the record. Art Attack is easily twice as good as the follow-up “Rhyme”.
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