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Album Review

More smartly paced than its predecessor, The Magnificent Seven Social Club, Blue Sky Roadster's Julio's Dream stands as a fine, albeit transitional portrait of the San Francisco band. The EP is augmented by typically crisp production from vocalist/guitarist Todd Herfindal and Jamie Hill, and the welcome addition of alternate (read: slower) tempos on the latter half of the disc gives equal time to the band's brooding tendencies. The unquestioned high point here is the power pop masterpiece "Pacified," which features Herfindal's subtle, brilliantly varied vocal melody matched with a gloriously spinning riff courtesy of new guitarist Howard Myint (formerly of 7th Betty); the song remains one of the great, widely unheard singles of the late '90s. The band gradually slows the disc's overall tempo from that point forward, ultimately winding down the EP with "Black Clouds," a lovely waltz-time mood piece that finds Herfindal assuming a Pumpkins-esque air of dejection ("Ten million daisies in a haze/Could not make me smile"). An unlisted remix of the band's earlier "Breaking" — to which Hill adds Roland 808 synths and the approximation of wind for that "foreboding" vibe — closes Julio's Dream, a release that confirms Blue Sky Roadster finding its voice via improved songwriting and the invigorating addition of guitarist Myint to the band's lineup.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Members of two alternative San Francisco bands, the Thrill Pillows and Honeypot, formed Blue Sky Roadster in early 1997 after their bands broke up. They drew influences from power pop bands such as Redd Kross, the Posies, and Teenage Fanclub. Three different Blue Sky Roadster songs appeared on two industry compilation CDs that were released in May of 1997. The first, a Popsmear Records compilation of San Francisco bands, was distributed and played on college radio stations. The second was BAM Magazine's...
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Julio's Dream, Blue Sky Roadster
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop
  • Released: Jan 01, 1998

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