Release Date: Mar 11, 2008
Record label: Gigantic
Ayers is a genuine enigma in an era when there aren't many; in fact, coming back as he has to record again italicizes this. Now that the record is appearing in America as well as in Europe, we can only hope his near terminal shyness doesn't propel one of his signature disappearing acts just as things begin to happen again: we would all be the poorer for it. Furthermore, one suspects, so would he.
The Unfairground has been out in the U.K. and beyond since early autumn 2007; it has been greeted with effusive praise, and Kevin Ayers has been feted like the returning Messiah. So its U.S. release affords an opportunity for a considered reappraisal of its merits. While Ayers’ best early albums ….