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Lands End — Pacific Coast Highway
((Not on label) LECD2, 1994, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1995-07-01

Pacific Coast Highway Cover artWith a sound about midway between the pop side of the SI camp and the colorful and intense melodics of the Edhels/Mind Gallery school — perhaps with a bit of the Windham Hill sound thrown in, this California four-piece has produced an album that is neither too challenging nor overtly derivative, and is one that I'm sure many will enjoy. Lots of digital synths, guitar synths and pyrotechnic soaring guitars, all set in lush colorful and melodious soundscapes that offer an excellent framework for the soloists. Bassist Jeff McFarland also handles the vocals, which tend to be a bit straightforward, but suit the music just fine, which means they're not too overstylized nor used to excess — probably a good eighty-percent or more of the playing time is devoted to instrumental parts, including all of the fifteen minute "At Land's End," and most of the powerful Floydian closer "The Last Word." In all, a good effort from a band that shows a lot of promise.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 7, 1994 releases

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