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14th Floor Records / Columbia Records

There was a time when I thought that no band would ever come close to the creating the same sort of feelings inside of my music listening soul as The Catherine Wheel once did with their epic songs and walls of sharply focused walls of guitars. I was, happily, proved wrong when listening to this debut record by Long-View (Not to be confused with America's Longview, a band that sounds nothing like the Wheel). On Mercury, Long-View ably struts their Britpop/wall of noise style and ties into it some nice calmer touches. The lead single is "Can't Explain", and it is a song of sublime beauty, filled with piano flourishes and a rolling rhythm that immediately brings a smile to my inner musical child. The music is magnificent and joyous, focused more on the beautiful aspects of the life around each of us, rather than on the daily evils and disappointments we all face; the songs seem more positive in their take on the status quo rock themes. "When You Sleep" lightly drives its point home in a rather understated manner, utilizing the repeated phrasing and climbing intervals to coalesce the song to a softly burning crescendo of emotion and sound. The guitar sounds of the 90's Brit bands are evident on tracks like "In A Dream" and "Electricity", making the album immediately familiar and likeable to any musical Anglophile that dares spin it. "Nowhere" blasts from a driving verse into an explosive chorus of jangling guitars and meaty bass lines, which perfectly offset the throbbing rhythms laid by the drums. The album's production is immaculate, clearly delineating the pieces that make up the walls of sound, and raising the beautifully sung vocals out of the sonic pile-up. These songs recall the salad days of bands like Ride, the Trashcan Sinatras, the Catherine Wheel, Whipping Boy, Adorable, and even some of the finer moments of Slowdive. For fans of 90's Britrock, this album is a must hear.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:
1. Further
2. Can't Explain
3. When You Sleep
4. In A Dream
5. Nowhere
6. I Would
7. Electricity
8. Still
9. One More Try
10. Falling For You
11. If You Asked
12. Will You Wait Here

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