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Essential Logic
Fanfare In The Garden (Kill Rock Stars)

By: Cam Lindsay

Retrospectives usually go in chronological order for a reason. Essential Logic's Fanfare In The Garden benefits from such track listing outlining the career of a remarkable figure in 70s punk. The project of saxophonist Lora Logic, onetime member of X-Ray Specs and contributor to records by The Stranglers, Raincoats and The Red Crayola, this compilation covers her work as Essential Logic and beyond. Disc 1 contains recordings from 1978 until 1982, beginning with the debut single, "Aerosol Burns", a sweltering, off-kilter punk tune, featuring one of the most unassuming sax solos ever. As the time travels though, Logic's music follows the trends, exploring boundaries outside of punk. A definite influence on Kill Rock Stars, Logic's jazz-angled slant is still remarkably fresh, in view of what is currently popular under ground. Disc 2 gives light to her later work. While her latest music made in '97 and '98 isn't exactly up to par with her early work, a key tune recorded with The Red Crayola is included, which is all the justification anyone would need. Like the Kleenex/Liliput record from 2 years ago, this Essential Logic is essential for admirers of Lora Logic's, and even more essential for newcomers to make the unconscious of this innovative musician. A.
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