ALBUM ITN CORPORATION RELEASE: JANUARY 28, 1999 REVIEW: JANUARY 7, 2000
”Groundloop” is classic In the Nursery material. Their orchestral, larger than life compositions induce a solemn mood in me, having more in common with Bach and Wagner than modern electronica but without actually sounding old fashioned. Dolores Marguerite C sings variously in English, Spanish and French and the lyrical themes are darker than usual. “Groundloop” seems to revolve around the unravelling and confusion of the mind.
It's a strong album that works well as a whole, the songs seem to float together and suck you into their intricate melodic worlds. As always when it comes to ITN the sound has a pompous and baroque quality which might be disturbing when it comes to other bands, but which is simply charming here. Nobody does it better.
This being said, I miss the more conceptual structures and experimental methods from earlier records like "Lingua" and especially "Anatomy of a Poet", where writer Colin Wilson's voice worked wonders for the album. Dolores voice is quite low in the mix and I wish the Humberstone brothers would either give her more space or none at all.