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Album Review

Keeping in step with the buildup release patterns of Sarah Records, the Sweetest Ache issued a series of well-received 7" discs before becoming a source for full-length guitar jangle reminiscent of an unobtrusive Arthur Lee and the kind of deliberately miniaturized indie pop that made the Orchids sound like Raging Speedhorn. On Jaguar, their 40-minute debut, they'd taken things close to the ground, so close to the ground as to start off with the Sunday church fuzziness of "Briaris" and the early winter tumbling of the saxophone-accented "Capo." It could have stayed there, of course, but the band tilted the rest of the album toward a swift, quietly climactic clash of boyish spoken word arrangements, of ragged, backwards-masked situational pop, and the occasional air of House of Love innocence. Not a particularly special trick.

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Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

The Welsh band the Sweetest Ache were one of the crown jewels in Sarah Records' kingdom of jangle-pop royalty. The Sweetest Ache was formed in 1989 by vocalist Simon Court, guitarists Peter Stone and Stuart Vincent, keyboardist Ian "Stretch" Saberton, bassist Dave Walters, and drummer Jimmy ‘Geriant'. The group released a handful of 7" singles in the early ‘90s, including "If I Could Shine" and "Everlasting", that were greeted with critical acclaim in the U.K. In 1992, the Sweetest Ache released...
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