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This much-hyped release featured the premiere of new bassist Robin Spurs. Many promotions, much press: magazine covers, major-label support, a video, radio spots. The Choir began to receive some of the attention they deserved. The sound is more dense than the previous year's Chase the Kangaroo, and in many ways more accessible. There still are a few songs ("Robin Had a Dream," "Car Etc.," "Happy Fool") that keep the whole project firmly in the "alternative" realm. Songs overall have a more sentimental angle than previous recordings, particularly "When She Sees Me" and "Wide-Eyed Wonder" — both songs about Hindalong's newborn baby. Saxman "Buckeye Dan" Michaels really shines on this one, notably on "Robin Had a Dream." A cover of George Harrison's "Behind That Locked Door" is surprising — and a little off-putting; it does not fit very well among the other songs. A great record. ~ Mark W. B. Allender, Rovi


Formed: 1984 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With their origins in Orange County, California, and their current incarnation based out of Nashville, Tennessee, atmospheric alt-rock outfit the Choir have undergone their fair share of changes throughout their long career. Formed in 1984 under the moniker Youth Choir, and built around the distinctive playing of guitarist and vocalist Derri Daugherty, the evocative lyrics of drummer Steve Hindalong, and the inventive, ambient post-rock flourishes of guitar player Marc Byrd, rounded out by saxophone...
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