Phil Manzanera/801: Listen Now (Polydor)
Stephen Demorest, Rock Scene, October 1978
PHIL MANZANERA is one of those talented guitarists who speak much more eloquently with their hands than with their mouths. His "message" lyrics bemoaning the pathetic state of humanity are a bit of a snore. The British are enjoying a big protest fad these days, but unless you're as clever as Bob Dylan it can be instantly tedious from an artistic angle. There are some gem instrumentals here, though, which match the high points of fancy Phil's interesting Diamond Head solo debut.
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