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Scintillating

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Produced by The Sound's late great Adrian Borland, Churchtown is easily this Irish group's most emotional, intense and provocative record. Check out the brilliant Dive or Bring Me Up ... this is a splendid, thoughtful post-punk record that is not at all out of synch with The Sound's own brilliant body of work.

About Into Paradise

This rock pop outfit formed in Dublin, Eire, in 1986, as Backwards Into Paradise. By 1988 their line-up had stabilized as Dave Long (vocals, guitar), James Eadie (lead guitar, keyboards), Rachael Tighe (bass) and Ronan Clarke (drums). They gathered few second glances until the release of Under The Water, early in 1990. A capricious and deceptive album, it secured many plaudits and a predictably enthusiastic response from the media. Being from Dublin, they were automatically and inaccurately compared to both U2 and the Hothouse Flowers. Other critics noted the proliferation of drink-orientated songs, which placed them in a more definite Irish tradition. The follow-up, Churchtown, on their new Ensign Records home, was given an altogether more terse reception. Ultimately the accommodation with a major label went awry, and Into Paradise returned to original home Setanta Records, who in the meantime had enjoyed success with A House and Frank And Walters. This more sympathetic environment saw Long continue to mine a strong creative furrow, though his lyrics proved too barbed to allow major success to come courting again.

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