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  • Lido [Elektra, 1992] A-
  • Imaginary Friend [Elektra, 1994] **

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Lido [Elektra, 1992]
They're rougher, dirtier, and, despite their female lead, lower. They could make excellent use of Anton Fier. But their buzz is early Feelies, and buzz it does: sheer power-drone, never fully controlled and often breaking into something quite frantic and exciting. Very abstract, very bound up in dynamics, but abstractly visceral, and neither incapable nor contemptuous of the gift hook in the mouth. A left hook, I hope. Ouch, that hurts--so good. A-

Imaginary Friend [Elektra, 1994]
writing songs more and enjoying music less ("Kevin," "Sparklingly Chime") **