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Sunlight

The Windmills

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Album Review

British guitar pop group the Windmills follow in the footsteps of such great guitar pop bands like the House of Love, the Weather Prophets, the Go-Betweens, and Lloyd Cole and the Rattlesnakes. They have the same ringing, jangling guitar and propulsive drumming. Roy Thrilwall has a world-weary mope of a voice that is eerily reminiscent of Lawrence of Felt at times. Like the songs of the aforementioned bands, the songs on Sunlight are mostly depressing and heartbroken: "Pounds, Shilling and Pence" and "When It Was Winter" are almost desolate in a shrugged-shoulders kind of way. Even the jauntily titled "Be Groovy or Leave" is a downer, since it isn't the singer giving the command, he's on the receiving end. Bummer. While the Windmills don't quite reach the level of their influences, Sunlight is a pretty good record and is recommended to fans of sensitive British guitar pop.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Windmills originally formed in Southend-on-Sea, England, in 1987 as a product of the short-lived C-86 movement, a loose collective of British indie pop bands influenced in equal measure by the jangly guitar pop of the Smiths, the three-chord naïveté of the Ramones, and the nostalgic sweetness of the girl group era. The original lineup in 1988 released its lone single, "The Day Dawned on Me," on the STS label before internal friction forced a split two years later; however, in 1998 three-quarters...
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