For to Next/And Not Or [Remaster]

Performers Steve Hillage

Blue Plate | April 3, 2007 | Compact Disc

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For to Next followed Steve Hillage's last effort by a few years, and during the interim the evolving synth-pop/new wave scene seems to have captured his imagination. For all intents and purposes a collaboration with keyboardist Miquette Giraudy, the album features relatively light and bouncy synthesizers augmented by Hillage's sometimes spacy guitar solos and sleepy vocals. Gone is Hillage's upbeat mysticism, replaced by the fashionably bleak outlook popularized by synth rock acts like Ultravox, Visage, and Gary Numan. Thus the mix of ingratiating melodies (always a Hillage hallmark) and a sense of social malaise on tracks like "These Uncharted Lands," "Anthems for the Blind," "Glory," and "Bright Future." It's a setting that keeps Hillage's talents too confined, especially for someone whose natural milieu is the unbounded ether of cosmic consciousness exemplified on albums like Motivation Radio and Green. There are moments, as on "Frame by Frame," that the old guitar magic reappears to create an interesting "discosmic" amalgam, which could be seen as a harbinger of System 7. But Steve Hillage simply doesn't have the voice or the necessary gimmickry to pull this sort of synth-driven music off here, falling slightly behind Pete Shelley and Tony Banks in the line of nice guys who lack the vocal chops to cash in on their own ideas. Perhaps recognizing its own lightweight status, the album was originally accompanied with a free instrumental LP, And Not Or; the two were combined on a single CD in subsequent reissues. [The 2006 edition has been remastered.] ~ Dave Connolly

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 3, 2007

Genre: Progressive Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1983

Label Name: Blue Plate

UPC: 094637346327

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For to Next/And Not Or [Remaster]

Performers Steve Hillage
Producer Steve Hillage

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 3, 2007

Genre: Progressive Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1983

Label Name: Blue Plate

UPC: 094637346327


Title Track Time
0.FOR TO NEXT - AND NOT OR: --
1.These Uncharted Lands --
2.Kamikaze Eyes --
3.Alone --
4.Anthems For The Blind --
5.Bright Future --
6.Frame By Frame --
7.Waiting --
8.Glory --
9.Before The Storm --
10.Red Admiral --
11.Serotonin --
12.And Not Or --
13.Knights Templar --
14.Still Golden --

Editorial Notes

For to Next followed Steve Hillage's last effort by a few years, and during the interim the evolving synth-pop/new wave scene seems to have captured his imagination. For all intents and purposes a collaboration with keyboardist Miquette Giraudy, the album features relatively light and bouncy synthesizers augmented by Hillage's sometimes spacy guitar solos and sleepy vocals. Gone is Hillage's upbeat mysticism, replaced by the fashionably bleak outlook popularized by synth rock acts like Ultravox, Visage, and Gary Numan. Thus the mix of ingratiating melodies (always a Hillage hallmark) and a sense of social malaise on tracks like "These Uncharted Lands," "Anthems for the Blind," "Glory," and "Bright Future." It's a setting that keeps Hillage's talents too confined, especially for someone whose natural milieu is the unbounded ether of cosmic consciousness exemplified on albums like Motivation Radio and Green. There are moments, as on "Frame by Frame," that the old guitar magic reappears to create an interesting "discosmic" amalgam, which could be seen as a harbinger of System 7. But Steve Hillage simply doesn't have the voice or the necessary gimmickry to pull this sort of synth-driven music off here, falling slightly behind Pete Shelley and Tony Banks in the line of nice guys who lack the vocal chops to cash in on their own ideas. Perhaps recognizing its own lightweight status, the album was originally accompanied with a free instrumental LP, And Not Or; the two were combined on a single CD in subsequent reissues. [The 2006 edition has been remastered.] ~ Dave Connolly
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