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durutti column - Fidelity
Originally released via the legendary Crepescule label in 1996, The Durutti Column's Fidelity is almost exclusively performed by Vini Reilly, with a few supplementary guest vocals by Elli Rudge. In addition to his signature guitar style, the album's sonic makeup owes much to an array of electronics, drum loops and synthesizers. Aside from a few wayward brass sounds in 'For Suzanne', this cocktail of digitally rendered audio and organic sound comes together in a fashion that actually slots into the preoccupations of current musical climes reasonably well, with thin, wispy echo devices coating everything in a kind of old-fashioned foggy aura that's entirely out of place with the analogue-favouring sensibilities of recent years. Of course now we've reached revisionist dream-pop saturation point in 2008, this all sounds a good deal more in vogue than it might have just a few months ago. Interestingly, one of the most compelling (most guitar-centric) pieces here comes in the form of bonus track 'My Only Love', which was originally issued on a cover-mounted CD that came free with a 1995 issue of Total Guitar magazine.