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
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
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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