Britain's pastoral Faith Over Reason was a showcase for vocalist Moira Lambert, a West Sussex native who formed the group in London in 1990. With a line-up completed by guitarist Simon Roots, bassist/keyboardist Bill Lloyd and drummer Mark Wilsher, Faith Over Reason signed to the Big Cat label and debuted with 1990's Believing in Me, winning acclaim for their version of Nick Drake's classic "Northern Sky." The EP Billy Blue followed, but after guesting on the Saint Etienne single "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" Lambert took a temporary leave from the group to attend university. In 1992, Faith Over Reason issued Eyes Wide Smile, an LP collection of demos; finally, in 1993 the band reconvened in earnest, welcoming guitarist Tebo Steele as a replacement for Roots. With producer Steve Malkmus, whose band Pavement shared the same label, they entered the studio to record the album Easy. In 1995 Steele, Lloyd and Wilsher left the band to form their own group, Soup; Lambertcarried on the Faith Over Reason name, recruiting former Sundays drummer Patch to begin working on new material.
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