Television Personalities

The Painted Word (Standard Edition)
Television Personalities
The Painted Word (Standard Edition)
TVP's (shadow) magnum opus. Famously described by Melody Maker as "one of the most wanton and wilful cases of self-immolation you're ever likely to hear", and immediately preceding the band's second break-up (amazingly, it was also sort of a comeback album, arriving two years after their - fake - first split), you'd expect The Painted Word to be an unlistenable wreck, but in fact it's one of Dan Treacy's most mature and carefully composed offerings. Yes the uptempo proto-twee of his early work is now all but obliterated in favour of brittle, gloomy, strung-out Velvetsy drone-pop, those flip speedy fantasies/send-ups of swinging London now freighted with a living-too-late, drugsick, what's-the-fucking-point weariness - but that's precisely what makes it special. Flawless masterpiece.  


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