Christy McCool

Lovlier Than the Queen of England

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Christy McCool was an alternative rock foursome that came out of Los Angeles in the late 1980s. They entered the 1990s with Lovlier Than the Queen of England, an uneven and unfocused release that isn't always very accessible, but does have its moments. McCool's jerky, metallic, hyperactive sound sometimes shows the influence of Jane's Addiction, especially on such abstract, not-so-accessible offerings as "Richard's Party," "Mo-Of" and "Junk Again." These are songs that rock hard and intensely without grooving, whereas there's more of an immediacy to "Lion Hunt" and the appealing rap/punk/metal number "Richard's Party." McCool's writing was never as strong as Jane's, and Queen of England is pretty aimless on the whole. But a few of the songs (namely "Richard's Party" and "Miss McCool") were strong enough to make one want to see how the band would develop.

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