Back when I issued my own release, 11 Constructions, I was buds with Christopher Simmons (Blue Toy, Pets Gone Wild, solo) and had him engineer the cassette (thems was DIY days, y'all) 'cause soundboards were confusing as hell to me and still are. I chose the guy because I'd reviewed his work in my broadsheet Camera Obscura and liked it but always thought everything was ultimately unfinished. Quite good for what it was—those were highly amateuristic times, as even my own debut too readily shows—but only about 75% to the goal line sometimes only 50%. That's the same feeling I get with the Lovers' A Friend in the World , an electro-alt-pop disc which comes across like a toned-down Missing Persons that ran out of money too soon but figured what they had was good enough and so went with it.
It was the wrong choice.
The Modern Art Museum of the Modern Kiss Goodbye and Wander Through the Time of Hearts (my fave cut) probably come closest to true songs, but actually serve a higher purpose, as, in them, if you want a good idea of what a lot of what passed through the OP, Sound Choice, OPtion, and Factsheet 5 magazines sounded like, these songs and their compeers are great for just that. But they also demonstrate why no one indulges the mode any more: too much emptiness, too samey, and too flatlined sonically. Good basic comps here, and Wander is damnably close to its true incarnation, whatever that will ultimately end up being, but also too much like a banana split without the bananas…………and minus the cherry too.
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