Listening Cap

One of 4AD's newest and most impressive bands released their first LP in July to very little hype or advertisement of any kind. This is extremely unfortunate because this is one of the best albums of the year. It was produced by His Name is Alive's Warren Defever at his house in Michigan. Although it doesn't sound much like HNIA, Warren left his signature on the album, especially on 'Drive Around' one of the album's real pearls.

It opens with the single 'Trump Suit,' a pretty mellow, rather brilliant cut on its own, but it just gets better from there. From the beginning Liquorice's witty lyrics stand out.('They couldn't find a type face that was bold enough to take you. That's the kind of face I take to.' Or on 'Cheap Cuts'--'Your talk is so terribly tired that it's verbal chloroform'.) Why didn't I think of that?

The instrumentation on this album is really impressive. The spare, sad piano on 'Jill of All Trades' is perfect for the mood the lyrics create. The banjo (believe it or not) on 'Cheap Cuts' will blowe it or not) on 'Cheap Cuts' will blow away the most rabid bluegrass hater.

'Breaking the Ice', a track toward the end, is a real low point on the disc, but even this boner isn't enough to detract from the overall euphoria this album creates. Liquorice is pretty damn tasty.

Dave Robbins
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