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Audio CD, Import, Special Edition, January 1, 2016
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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.
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This album is truly a terrific album! It is one of Wendy and Lisa's best! The complex music composition and melodies provide a glimpse into the tremendous talent that these ladies possess!
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?) & "Skeleton Key" equally call out to the dance floor, and also prove that because you can be funky doesn't mean you have to throw lyrical genius out with the bathwater.
Like their fellow White soul-girl in crime Teena Marie, ballads have been the biggest surefire success for Wendy & Lisa, and EROICA features some of their most hearttugging works. "Don't Try To Tell Me" is enough to bring a tear to your eye with its gently swelling orchestral arrangement and Lisa's moving lead vocal. This could easily have fit in on Madonna's LIKE A PRAYER album of a year earlier. "Mother Of Pearl" is another slow & steady number with the welcome help of k.d. lang on guest vocals, showing the three of them should work together more often. "Why Wait For Heaven" is much louder & guitar-heavy, but still paced enough to qualify as a slower number (also dig that electric cello!). "Valley Vista" is on the opposite side of the spectrum, a laid-back acoustic tune that sounds lifted straight from a jam session on your back porch. The closing "Staring At The Sun" is a midtempo song that encourages the listener to keep their eyes open & see that the world is waiting to be conquered.
I'm pretty sure that after their first three albums slipped away because of little record company attention, Wendy & Lisa began to grow dissatisfied with the music industry, with EROICA's non-success being the final straw of sorts. After that, the duo lowered their profile & worked more as supporting musicians, especially with Sheryl Crow who probably had Wendy & Lisa to thank for blazing the trail for female musicians not willing to let the male-dominated music industry get them down.
The duo would return 8 years later under a new name & an album that again met silence in the marketplace (1998's GIRL BROS., partly a tribute to Wendy's late brother Jonathan). But while the pioneers may continue to get the short end of the stick as their disciples reap all the platinum awards, more discriminating fans can take comfort in knowing that Wendy & Lisa have the power to continue being ahead of the game in what they do. EROICA is perhaps the road map for the Lilith Fair set that came up in the 1990s, and one only needs to listen to this lost masterpiece to see that the trend wasn't spontaneous & that the people behind it were by all accounts more talented than those who followed them.
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