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If I might offer an adjunct to the above in the form of a further question: can anyone rack their brains and think of one single significant musical precedent to the sounds heard on Mental Notes and its subsequent companion, Second Thoughts? All the elements described above are certainly present - in a big way - but nothing seems overly drawn from one particular inspirational source. It's simply confounding how unique their synthesis was and still is to these ears. Early Roxy Music managed the same breakthrough, but a world away. The sound - and LOOK! - of The Enz conferred a feeling to me that New Zealand was truly another world and almost another planet to be able to produce such music. They couldn't have possibly been more persuasive representatives of this amazingly beautiful spot. Could this sound have been born in a place more mainstreamed - at least geographically - with the rest of the pop world? A straight answer from Judd or Rayner or an unbiased one with Tim Finn would sure fascinate the hell out of me. I still can't totally fathom the scope of their achievement.
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