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Candlebox - Lucy (1995) Retail CD
Alternative Pop/ Rock
It has to be said that 'hard rock' died off in the early nineties. When grunge followed, the likes of 'Bon Jovi', were somewhat left behind...for some, grunge had some great guitar work but was too sludgey and the despairing mood was too much. Here's where Candlebox come in...It also has to be said that Candlebox are one of the most underrated bands of the nineties...their debut album, 'Candlebox' definatly had hit quality in the likes of 'Cover Me' and 'Far Behind' but it disappeard the scene as quickly as it had come onto it. Candlebox combine hard guitars, a la grunge, and soaring vocals thatmore… often lacked those despairing moments. Some songs still did, but what can you expect?So after that success Candlebox returned with this, their second album, 'Lucy'. And you can tell from just one listen that this is a 'if it's not broken, don't fix it' kind of album. It combines that same hard rock formula of s/t, and the slower songs are there too, but unfortunatly where s/t worked incredibly well, and was even on a par with the likes of Guns N' Roses, this fails.The likes of opener, 'Simple Lessons' are blatant attempts to carry on the Candlebox wagon, but unfortunatly turns into a poor chant-along right from the start. It's ironic that people even dare to call it the highlight...but apart from that and the occasional nostalgic trip into the durge, this is a fairly solid effort, though for this album you have to prefer the soft over the hard. The main highlights are the songs with the feelings, such as 'Become (To Tell)', 'Understanding', 'Butterfly' (and it's reprise), and 'Vulgar Before Me'. The only real stand out hard rock song on here is 'Bothered', so for many this will be pretty much hit and miss.There's certainly quality on Lucy, but it's certainly a mixture of low, but thankfully mainly high quality. I would recommend the self-titled over this, and then this would be a second choice, but you won't like it as much, but it's deserving of it's 3.5 stars as they're still a very fine rock band.3.5 Stars.
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- Candlebox - Lucy (1995) Retail CD
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- 26/11/10 by pontiacc
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Rated 4.5 of 5 (2 votes). Click CDs to vote!