Long awaited 2003 album for the indie rock vehicle of singer/songwriter Kurt Heasley, the first since 1999's 'The 3-Way'. Ten tracks. Digipak. Manifesto.
Kurt Heasley and his band may fool newcomers to the party by sounding very British, but this American band proudly wears such British influences as the Kinks
, My Bloody Valentine
, and Teardrop Explodes
on its sleeve. Precollection
, their first full-length release since 1999, is an impressive, mature effort that expands a predictable Brit-pop sound into something with varied textures, shades and nuance. The title track opens the disc with a riotous bloom of pop color. It's followed by sprawling, delicate gems. Things pick up with the energetic, insistent "Squares." The bounce of big drums and the shimmer of jangly guitars on "Perception Room" results in a magical pop moment. You have to wait until track eight for the roiling, Modern Lovers
-esque number, "Meditations on Speed," which takes Best of Show. Are those keyboards a nod to the Doors
? Who knows, but it's a brilliant track either way. --Lorry Fleming