Mania [Bonus Tracks]

Mania [Bonus Tracks]

by The Lucy ShowThe Lucy Show

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Overview

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 '60s 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. [This edition of the album includes bonus tracks, live cuts, demos and a video for "A Million Things."]

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Release Date: 11/29/2005
Label: Words On Music
UPC: 0656605883120
catalogNumber: 18
Rank: 80931

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