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Minor Shadows Review

Pensive electric guitar composition has a limited history, which makes sense as it’s a fairly limited mode of expression. In the 70s, Robert Fripp and Brian Eno brought cosmic rock and new age down to earth, stopping just short of total academia. Their primary guitar works– No Pussyfooting (1973) and Evening Star (1975)– were tainted by showmanship in the traditional rock and roll sense, by a kind of regal grandeur, but their work would inspire a gaunt, neurotic Mancunian named Vini Reilly who, as The Durutti Column, married virtuosic talent and discreet music with help from producer Martin Hannett, the gruff, northern rejoinder to Eno. Reilly’s nascent experiments on 1979’s…