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Album Review

What should have been a hit album during the alternative rock boom of the mid-'90s became a forgotten record after Chick Graning's brain hemorrhage and Scarce's subsequent disbanding. Nonetheless, Deadsexy is full of great, catchy rock songs that show off Graning's sense of melody and his uniquely expressive voice — intense, scratchy, and soothing all at once with an astonishing range. His sense of drama evokes David Bowie, while the band's guitar textures and the dynamic between Graning and bassist Joyce Raskin recalls the seminal New England alternative rock band the Pixies. "Honeysimple" and "Glamourizing Cigarettes" are short and memorable, while "Freakshadow" is a great example of the loud-soft dynamics that typified alternative rock at the time. The album closer "Obviously Midnight" is strangely prescient given Graning's medical problems after the album was originally recorded (the lyric states "I know I'm alive, I feel like I've died"). Raskin, however, is de-emphasized on this record, and the production is a bit too smooth and clear for this ragged crew, as can be heard in two songs redone from the band's Red EP ("All Sideways" and "Days Like This").

( Prior to Graning's brain hemorrhage, the album was originally released in the United Kingdom with a different track order, a different drummer, and four different songs. The main difference is that while the U.K. version features a better Raskin song ("So, Thrill Me" instead of "Summertime"), the U.S. version features the live favorite "Crimea River," the roots rocker "Rains of Kansas," and the unexciting but thankfully short "Salvador Sammy.")

Customer Reviews

amazing (:

i found my copy in an old record store-cds are so appealing. i would suggest you buy the cd instead of it on itunes. you cant really capture the awesomeness on itunes hhaha.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

The tragic story of Scarce began in 1993 with singer/guitarist Chick Graning and singer/bassist Joyce Raskin. After the breakup of the Boston band Anastasia Screamed, Graning had moved to Providence, RI, to live with then-fiancee Tanya Donnelly of Belly, and he met Raskin, who attended the Rhode Island School of Design. The two began to write songs together itself in both the Northeast United States and England with their exhausting live shows. While most bands of the time performed in whatever clothes...
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