Louis & Clark

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This 1987 EP is the sole release by Louis & Clark, an L.A.-based power pop quartet led by lead guitarist Louis Gutierrez, formerly of the Three O'Clock, and singer Clark Gurley. The six songs are unfailingly pleasant and occasionally excellent, with the vaguely psychedelic "Tell 'Em What You Are" and "Come Over Me," the primary highlights. ("Walking Down Your Street," a song by Gutierrez and Susanna Hoffs that had previously appeared on the Bangles' Different Light, is also pretty great, but the Bangles' version tops it, as Hoffs' flirty vocals are better suited for the tune than Gurley's more anguished tone.) The rest of the album, particularly the opening "Cry Cry" and the riff-heavy "Silence," have more in common with the commercially minded aspirations of the Rembrandts or Jellyfish than the heavy psych-pop influence of the Three O'Clock. Ironically, Gutierrez and Gurley would have much better commercial luck with their less obviously chart-oriented next projects, Mary's Danish and Dada, than with this pleasant but lightweight album.

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