Bleached Black

Bleached Black

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Bleached Black was one of a number of similar sounding '80s bands to suffer from poor timing. Had the group's lone effort been released a few years later, it might have slotted in nicely next to Green Day and the Offspring; in 1987, however, about the only place you could hear this sort of simple, catchy punk-pop was on college radio. Still, the album remains an enjoyable listen, as the trio maximized its decidedly modest skills to create it. Frontman Stevo has a serviceable but limited voice, and his guitar work mostly alternates between power chords and scraping rhythm work. Bassist Greg Prior and drummer Shaun Washburn certainly aren't flashy either, but in the service of hummable, harmony-enriched rave-ups like "I Was in Your Life" and "Let Me Take the Time (She Was Nice to Mice)," they don't have to be. The cracks only show when the tempo slows; the gentle "Morning Sun" has a pretty melody, but could have benefited from more finesse. After that, it's back to bashing away -- the group generates a good head of steam on "You Couldn't Tell Me," and closes with a pair of sub-three-minute rockers that continue playing to their strength. If you're nostalgic for the days before alternative became mainstream, Bleached Black would make a worthy soundtrack for your reminiscing.

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