French

French

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To some, Flower was the best band in New York City in the late '80s. Their two LPs were reissued on one CD in 1994 as Concrete Sky on Bear/Simple Machines. Half the group became the fine pop outfit Versus, who have never attempted to replicate their former band's heavy post-punk power. At last, here's the other half, and judging from these six songs, French have. Ian James is a natural star, a superb, aggressive bassist who has one of those perfectly edgy voices. Teamed with drummer Andrew Bordwin, they once again form a formidable, anvil rhythm section, giving songs such as "Bus Girl" and "Strictly Dreamboat" exciting push and drive, and guitarist Maria Ocanto is as great as her cohorts. French's songwriting is also more accessible than Flower's, making them less dark and foreboding. A knockout debut; it's good to be a New Yorker these days.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:30
2
1:44
3
2:32
4
2:42
5
2:48
6
5:57
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