Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls

Searching for Heaven

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This three-song EP was the final release by Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls, the capper to a busy year that had already seen a full album and two non-LP singles. The title track, also released as a 7" single, was a hit in the British indie charts, and for good reason. A swirling, almost psychedelic dream pop song with a soaring chorus and some exceptional piano work by Steve Hopkins, "Searching for Heaven" is one of the best songs of Murray's long and varied career. "Animal Crazy," the first of the two B-sides, is an unusually anxious-sounding track for Murray, and her purring, breathy voice doesn't quite mesh with the hyperactive, rattling rhythm track and Hopkins' maddeningly repetitive piano riff. After those two, the dreary "The Visitor" is something of a let-down, a rather boring and melodically uninteresting sendoff to Murray's tenure with the Invisible Girls, who broke up shortly after this 10" EP was released.

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