14 Songs, 1 Hour 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the high points of The 77s’ criminally neglected catalog, 1990’s Sticks and Stones showcases both the Sacramento-based band’s musical diversity and the depth of its lyrical insight. Culled from assorted studio tracks, the album presents a coherent, faith-informed vision that balances hard-edged realism with a forgiving spirit. Chief singer/songwriter Michael Roe ranges from soulful to gritty in these tracks, further distinguishing himself with fluent, genre-spanning guitar work. “Mt,” “Nowhere Else," and “Loop” have the propulsive glide of prime ‘80s pop/rock, while “You Walked in the Room” adds new wave-ish spikiness without sacrificing melody. Roe and company stand out for their ability to craft subtler tunes that ask profound moral questions. Tracks like the brooding “Don’t, This Way” and the tense, probing “God Sends Quails” are notable both as powerful Christian testimony and compelling rock ‘n’ roll. The hope-infused “Love Without Dreams” brings this impressive collection to an uplifting conclusion.

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the high points of The 77s’ criminally neglected catalog, 1990’s Sticks and Stones showcases both the Sacramento-based band’s musical diversity and the depth of its lyrical insight. Culled from assorted studio tracks, the album presents a coherent, faith-informed vision that balances hard-edged realism with a forgiving spirit. Chief singer/songwriter Michael Roe ranges from soulful to gritty in these tracks, further distinguishing himself with fluent, genre-spanning guitar work. “Mt,” “Nowhere Else," and “Loop” have the propulsive glide of prime ‘80s pop/rock, while “You Walked in the Room” adds new wave-ish spikiness without sacrificing melody. Roe and company stand out for their ability to craft subtler tunes that ask profound moral questions. Tracks like the brooding “Don’t, This Way” and the tense, probing “God Sends Quails” are notable both as powerful Christian testimony and compelling rock ‘n’ roll. The hope-infused “Love Without Dreams” brings this impressive collection to an uplifting conclusion.

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