The classic second-album from post-punk pioneering group THE RAINCOATS.
The title was a pun on the odyssey of a body. The idea that a body could have an ideal shape and it if did, what happens when a body doesn't live up to that ideal. It was at a time, when (as probably now) there seemed to be a body fascism. It was important for women to be this shape or that shape.
Post-punk outfit's ambitious second LP of 1981 should be considered a classic... If The Raincoats' beautifully scrappy self-titled debut seemed to hail from a different territory than most of its post-punk peers, then its follow-up, 1981's Odyshape, was from an entirely different planet. While the first album had employed a traditional guitar/bass/drums set-up bolstered by the plaintive and dissonant violin of Vicky Aspinall, Odyshape added instruments such as balophone, shruti box and kalimba to the band's panoply. - BBC Music5/5
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