Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Luck of Eden Hall-Butterfly Revolutions CD Review

Long-running Chicago psych group The Luck of Eden Hall returns with Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1, a follow-up to 2009's acclaimed When The Clock Starts To Wake Up, We Go To Sleep.

The album opens with a dose of trippy power pop entitled "Chrysalide," Gregory Curvey's lead vocal a dead ringer for Guided by Voices main man Robert Pollard.

After a strong introduction, the standout cuts are plentiful: "Medicine Queen" sounds like it was magically transported directly from 1967; "Velvet and Corduroy" is similarly enamored with the vintage stuff, but will appeal to fans of contemporary psych outfits like The Brian Jonestown Massacre; "Shampoo" manages to be both bubbly and grungy; "Silly Girl" is serious dream pop; album closer "Queen Anne's Lace" has some beautiful bass work, shimmering acoustic guitar, prog rock percussion and an almost orchestral weight that never overburdens the delicate arrangement.

The Luck of Eden Hall celebrates the release of Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1 with a show at Beat Kitchen on Wednesday, July 20.

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