Died Pretty

Caressing Swine

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Besides the mighty fine title track, the lead single from Trace and one of the band's best slow-burn numbers, three others appear on this particular single. Two, "This Reason" and "A Song for Me," were self-produced by the band and mixed by old producer Rob Younger. The former is a tight little number, Hoey's Hammond organ a nice link to the band's past, while the latter is a slower, gentle song that's a low-key winner. The surprise highlight, taken from a radio performance, comes at the very end -- "The Cross," a remake of the dramatic epic from Prince's Sign O' the Times album. Peno avoids simply aping Prince in the vocals -- instead it just sounds like Peno in a slightly higher register -- while the band keeps the same power from the original. Not a radical reworking, but still good all around.