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Enid, The - 1983 Something Wicked This Way Comes



ARTIST: Enid, The
ALBUM: Something Wicked This Way Comes
LABEL: Enid Records
SERIAL: ENID3
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 2010, Enid Records, EWCD03 (with bonus tracks)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Robert John Godfrey - keyboards, lead & background vocals * Stephen Stewart - guitar, bass * Chris North - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Raindown * 02 Jessica * 03 And Then There Were None * 04 Evensong * 05 Bright Star * 06 Song For Europe * 07 Something Wicked This Way Comes

WEBLINKS: www.theenid.co.uk


Background
This British progressive rock group has had its share of ups and downs in its long history. Bad record deals with a revolving door of players and plenty of drama and yet The Enid continues to thrive under the guidance of composer/curmudgeon Robert John Godfrey. Early on Godfrey had a short-lived collaboration with Barclay James Harvest which didn't end well and decades later both parties found themselves in court over song writing credits. Robert released a decent solo album 'Fall Of Hyperion' around the same time The Enid came together in 1974. 'In The Region Of Summer Stars' their first long player was in shops in 1976 although after the follow-up was pressed, the label folded and the band were back at square one signing to PYE Records for two further LP's as well as churning out a bevy of ill-conceived non-album singles. Dropped by PYE in 1980, the band splintered leaving Godfrey and guitarist Stephen Stewart to go it alone with new drummer Chris North. The early 80's found the trio building a studio 'The Lodge' and creating a boutique imprint Enid Records with 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' its first release.


The Songs
The concept here surrounds the cold war and nuclear destruction while the title was picked from the classic 1962 Ray Bradbury book. It's important to bring up the cover made up of 4 images of a nuclear explosion, but looking closer at the arrangement they each help to form a swastika. How they pulled that off without some kind of criticism is astounding. Anyway, to the music at hand, this is the first Enid album to feature vocals and it can't be overstated; Godfrey is not exactly Jon Anderson. Wisely both Kevin Godley and Lol Creme were brought in to help with the vocal arrangements and that's why parts of the record sound like 10cc. With dark foreboding 'Raindown' opens the set backed by a marching beat and a catchy, yet frightening chorus. The sumptuous instrumental 'Jessica' follows with a familiar Enid theme while 'And Then There Were None' has a fun reggae vibe but again a scary narrative describing a nuclear blast and its results. This can easily kill the mood if you are paying attention. 'Song For Europe' is one of my favourite Enid instrumentals, almost Queen-like in its grandiose pomposity while the 10 minute title track ties-up any loose ends in case you weren't already scarred out of your wits by the previous anti-nuke messages. Still, there's much to recommend here and while it doesn't hold up against the debut or 1977's 'Aerie Faerie Nonsense', it definitely has its moments.


In Summary
The Enid has gone through a renaissance in recent years, putting out some of their best work in ages although sadly Robert John Godfrey has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease so where the band will go when he can no longer play or write remains a mystery. Let's hope they continue and honor his extraordinary legacy.


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