This collection of odds and ends from the sessions from Syd's two solo albums was sure to be lapped up by obsessive fans, eager for more voyeuristic insight into the disintegration of his musical brain. It mostly comprises alternative takes of songs on the original albums, which I find to be a pointless, and slightly morbid, milking of the Barrett name. Those seeking a hidden gem from the forgotten genius will probably be disappointed, as most of the previously unreleased songs are just aimless strumming and mumbling. The most interesting is perhaps the "Word Song", in which he flicks through his mental dictionary uttering a stream of words which are far too random for comfort. A sign of a brain with some remarkably twisted neural pathways. I'd also give "Dolly Rocker" a point for the line "she's as cute as a squirrel's nut".
May 5, 2004