The Lucy Show

...Undone

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Undone finds the Lucy Show drowning in their own atmospherics. Echoing the moody British rock of early Cure and the Comsat Angels, the Lucy Show are infatuated with their own arty pretensions; such narcissism wouldn't be a problem if the band had carved sharp hooks beneath the shimmering surface of their pretty, dreamy pop. Unfortunately, although Undone may resemble the work of the Lucy Show's obvious heroes, the songs have little depth; the tracks float like clouds, drifting anonymously into one another. The Lucy Show's chiming guitars and enchanting synths are certainly attractive; however, the songs proceed at a snail's pace, lacking any lyrical insights or emotional highs that would make them compelling. The Cure and the Comsat Angels had mastered the craft of layering tracks with gorgeous sonic landscapes and gripping lyrics; the Lucy Show are still learning on Undone. The moving "Wipe Out" is the LP's most engaging song, but it still isn't very memorable. The first track "Ephemeral (This Is No Heaven)" sounds almost identical to "Undone." Such laziness on a first effort is inexcusable. "Remain" recalls the jangle of old R.E.M. On Undone, the Lucy Show offer much to look at, but nothing substantial to devour.

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