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The Lucy Show
...Undone
Words On Music Records
www.words-on-music.com


Drawing on the vast sonic history of college rock and post-punk, The Lucy Show have released their latest CD, and it is surely a winner in many respects. From the first moment of the first track on …Undone it is clear that the band takes liberally from the sounds and styles of that magical time that found the world of music growing darker and more disenchanted with the modern world. On "Resistance" the band draws so much from Boys Don't Cry era The Cure, even going so far as to have the singer cop Robert Smith's signature vocal inflections, that one would be hard pressed to not believe it to be some long lost studio outtake. The tempo is a bit slower than much of the punkier Cure, but the spirit is 100% pure. "Come Back To The Living" evokes early Sisters Of Mercy with its single note guitar lines and simply throbbing bass guitar, but the vocals sound as if Iva Davies was fronting the Wayne Hussey line-up, rather than Eldritch. ...Undone continues to realize this trend as "The White Space" could have easily been called "Black Planet" version 2… but again, the music speaks that angle while the vocals draw again from the Robert Smith camp. While these songs are interesting in their own right and sound very good, it is very difficult to get past how familiar everything sounds, and even more difficult to not want to take this record out and put on some of your old favorites instead. There is not much new sonic territory here… instead The Lucy Show takes tried and true methodology and taps its secrets very well, creating an album filled with moody tracks and droning beauty that transports us older kids right back to 1982. Not a bad trip, but not totally necessary one might wager.

-L . Keane

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