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Lisa Coleman & Wendy Melvoin ascended to musical notoriety as members of Prince's backing band, the Revolution. The daughters of renown L.A. session musicans & members of extensive musical families released 'Eroica' in 1990 (Their third post-Prince project overall). Wendy & Lisa showcase their writing, instrumental & production proficiency on this disc, which features 'Rainbow Lake', 'Mother of Pearl' (Kd land on vox), 'Staring at the Sun' & eight more.

1. Rainbow Lake
2. Stungout
3. Mother Of Pearl
4. Don't Try To Tell Me
5. Crack In The Pavement
6. Porch Swing
7. Why Wait For Heaven
8. Turn Me Inside Out
9. Skeleton Key
10. Valley Vista
11. Staring At The Sun

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B00000760E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,570 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By 35-year old wallflower on April 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you're like me, as welcome as the whole female singer-songwriter craze in the mid-1990s was, somehow it still had a tinge of "haven't we heard this before" feeling to it. But while early pioneers like Carole King or Joni Mitchell may have been the first to thank, with regards to younger idols, chances are the new female rockers were among the few to have enjoyed the work of Wendy & Lisa.
The former Prince back-up musicians proved to be more than just satellites of the Purple One with two albums that demonstrated these two ladies saw a resurgence in female musicians coming & got the jump on it early. While their first two albums were criminally undersold, the biggest injustice was left for 1990's EROICA. Clearly an unsung masterpiece of a rather fallow decade for pop music, EROICA probably did not even make it to gold status. Nevertheless, with regards to influence, it outsells any other album that was out on the market at the same time.
As they proved on their previous albums, a few traces of their time with Prince could still be found, but Wendy & Lisa still put their distinctive stamp on it, and EROICA has its share of classy, sophisticated uptempo pop. "Turn Me Inside Out" on the one hand sounds so 1990, but on the other it is so solid that rather than simply be an historical artifact, it's an example of what early 1990s dance-pop should have sounded like. The hypnotic groove of the opening "Rainbow Lake" has an added psychedelic feel thanks to Lisa Coleman's Hammond organ & Wendy Melvoin's alluring lead vocal. "Strung Out", "Crack In The Pavement", "Porch Swing" (can you get anymore sultry?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Armando M. Mesa on June 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
At the time of it's release in 1990 it was (and still is ) an awesome project ahead of its time. Eroica was the blueprint for the Alanis Morrisette clones of the mid to late '90s without the angry and clawing feminist,done-wrong-by-a-man theme. Many critics claimed Eroica to be better than their debut and surpass even Fruit At The Bottom. They even went so far as to say that their sound had changed drastically resembling nothing like the first two projects. However, listen carefully to tracks like Skeleton Key and Strung Out; It is obvious that Eroica was a sophisticated hybrid combining the finest elements from their first two predecessors. Skeleton Key could've been an outtake from Fruit At The Bottom. Strung Out, Staring At The Sun, and Mother of Pearl were reminiscent of their debut project containing the somber hit Waterfall.
The only shame is the b-side track titled Stones and Birth ( or Birth and Stones) of the Strung Out single not being included as a bonus track on Eroica; it's an acoustic and percussion gem. The other sad note is that it would take almost a decade later for Wendy & Lisa to resurface under the name GirlBros. GirlBros. was a more personal and introspective album dealing with the tragic loss of Wendy Melvoin's brother Jonathan from Smashing Pumpkins fame.
Though Wendy & Lisa are now under the GirlBros. project they still remain one of today's most invaluable and underappreciated songwriters and musicians of our time. Still, for real fans, public interest has not waned; We still look forward to any project or theme they undertake. It is because they are unpredictable and astoundingly gifted (from their proper classical trainings to their funky bad-selves) that they are true survivors of the music industry that can and does often at times eat artists alive...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Jones on August 1, 2001
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In the mid-90's, when Lillith Fair premiered and the airwaves were inundated with reflective female singer/songwriters, the whole thing must have sounded a bit familiar to those who were lucky enough to be touched by Wendy and Lisa's "Eroica" in 1990, the most striking and impressive outing from the former members of Prince's Revolution. Wendy and Lisa might have gotten the commercial success they so deserve if only they could have waited half a decade to release this sumptuous stunner, but as it stands "Eroica" remains one of the most underrated albums in the history of rock.
The album kicks off with the breezy pop/funk of "Rainbow Lake," but from there on the ladies leave all traces of Minneapolis behind and when it comes to having them pegged, all bets are off. "Strung Out" and "Turn Me Inside Out" are infectious doses of adult rock with a retro edge, "Why Wait for Heaven" is a chilling mix of hard rock and psychedelia, and "Staring at the Sun" is a piece of pop as warm and inviting as the planet in its title. "Don't Try to Tell Me" is a sweet and elegant ballad, while "Crack in the Pavement" is so funky the damn thing trembles, and its quirky production perfectly suits the lyrics' tale of a hardened lover coming to terms with true romance.
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