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Album Review

The Lucy Show's second full-length album caught the group in a time of personnel crises. At this juncture, the band had dwindled to a duo, Rob Vandeven and Mark Bandola, with assistance from various sidemen. Despite the membership instability here, this album is a solid improvement over previous releases. The influence of R.E.M. and the Cure is extremely strong; all the songs here show clear touches of one or both of these bands. A few selections, such as "Sun and Moon" and "Melody," also utilize subtle 1960s melodic twists and turns. Unusual, slip-sliding chord progressions occur often ("View From the Outside" is a good example), lending these songs added depth and appeal. "New Message" features a solid, chunky drumbeat and an especially ringing arrangement that is accentuated by use of crisscrossed high trumpet lines. "Sojourn's End" has noticeable psychedelic touches and adds a smidgen of harmonica to the mix. "Sad September" is a moody and lovely acoustic guitar-dominated number with a hauntingly effective vocal. And the synthesizer-based "Part of Me Now" is simultaneously pulsating and expressive, one of the album's best songs. This overlooked release deserves wider exposure and is well worth hearing.

Customer Reviews

Finally!!

I wore the cassette out by the early 90's after many, many years of pure enjoyment. I have spent the last 10 years hoping they would put out a CD to replace the impossible to find cassette. Turn down the lights, grab a beer and sit back and experience a great, great band that died out well before their time!

A great band that flew under the radar...

I never dreamed that we would see this re-issued, but what we really need is a re-issue of "Undone" their 1st record, which was never released on CD

Great 80s tunes

This is one of the best CDs from 1986, along with let's active big plans for everybody. Undone is definately better, but there are a few really outstanding tunes on this Cd as well, including land and the life, a million things, melody and part of me now. First rate tunes from a pretty obscure man.

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