Hitchcock's Dreams Come to Life

Sometime in 1983 — that is, after the Soft Boys, but before the Egyptians, and long before albums with Gillian Welch and half of R.E.M.'s touring band — Robyn Hitchcock sat down to write an album for himself alone. Imagine: Britain's primary pop artist in pursuit of such preposterous fare as deceased marital partners and multilegged pests. And yet that record, I Often Dream of Trains, still holds as one of the most cohesive and compelling of his many works.

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