Monday, March 5, 2007

Chris Bell - I am the Cosmos

This is an essential album for any fan of Big Star (Chris' former band), or of melancholy pop music in general. Highlights include the title track, the gorgeous harmonies of "Look Up", and the forlorn, acoustic guitar sway of "Speed of Sound". This is a real gem of '70s folk-tinged rock, that never got the recognition it deserved before its creator's death.
 Reviewby Jason Ankeny

Unreleased for over 15 years, I Am the Cosmos is nevertheless an enduring testament to the brilliance of Chris Bell; lyrically poignant and melodically stunning, this lone solo album is proof positive of his underappreciated pop mastery. While cuts like "Get Away," "I Got Kinda Lost," and "Fight at the Table" recall the glowing, energetic power pop of Bell's earlier work, the majority of the songs on I Am the Cosmos are more reflective and deeply personal; the title track is a harrowingly schizophrenic tale of romantic despair, while other cuts like the lurching "Better Save Yourself" and the lovely "Look Up" are infused with a spiritual power largely missing from his Big Star material. The album's highlight, "You and Your Sister" -- which features backing vocals from none other than Bell's Big Star mate Alex Chilton -- is simply one of the great unknown love songs in the pop canon, a luminous and fragile ballad almost otherworldly in its beauty.


Stream "I Am The Cosmos"


Side3 said...

This is a fantastic album. "I Am the Cosmos" is one of the greatest singles of all time.

mohammad said...

where can i find the album on the net to download it from... the current torrents are not really seeded that well...