Classic John Martyn

John Martyn

Few concepts can be as daft or as unnecessary as the 12″ single, but that of the Compact Disc single, I think makes even the 12″ seem relatively sane.

That John Martyn’s Angeline should be chosen for this dubious honour, however, is a good poke in the eye for all this New Age Music nonsense which would seem to be custom built for CDs.

A delicate, dowey floatation of a love song on spindly heron legs of what sounds like a koto, make great virtue of simplicity and clarity, like Oriental calligraphy. It’s accompanied by a confident, stylish re-working of  Tight Connection To Your Heart which brings out an appeal largely absent on Bob Dylan’s original.

Andy Gill
New Musical Express
1 March 1986