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Amazing guitar playing, marred by weak vocals
on May 17, 2001
My previous exposure to Richard Lloyd was through Television and Matthew Sweet. I still think Matthew Sweet's 'Girlfriend' and '100% Fun' are two of the finest rock album's of the 90's, largely due to the guitar work of Richard Lloyd and Robert Quine. I have long considered Richard to be one of the most talented and underappreciated guitarists in rock.
I love Richard's inventive, unpredictable, chaotic yet melodic guitar stle, and found it in spades on this disc. But I was also surprised with the overall quality of the songwriting. The layered, interlocking guitar parts are pure genius, and most songs are miniature guitar masterpieces. Truly amazing guitar playing!
But one unfortunate factor prevents me from giving this a five-star rating - the vocals. I found the lyrics strained and awkward, and Richard's delivery strained and awkward as well. At first I was really put off by it, but I've found the vocals have become less intrusive with each listen. So it's not enough to sink the ship, but I really wish Richard had concentrated more on his strengths - guitar playing and songwriting - and brought in someone else to contribute the lyrics and vocals. Of course that would have undermined Richard's entire intention in making this album, and it would have been much less of a personal creative statement. But still I believe that with better lyrics/vocals, this disc could have become an absolute classic, and may have even attained some mainstream popularity.
Overall, I am really impressed with this disc! One of the best guitar-rock releases I've ever owned. Can't wait to see Richard live.