March Violets


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This is the band's first record without Simon on vocals. Freed from the OK but grating-with-frequency whine of her male counterpart, we find Cleo to be a legitimate talent, and since the rest of band is intact and improving, this hits in a pretty big way. Too straightforward to awe, perhaps, but effective. Some people have pegged these guys as a Sisters of Mercy Jr. without the gloom, or Siouxsie and the Banshees or Xmal Deutschland clones or something. It's more that the band slots in well with those sorts of references, and if that's your meat, there's no reason not to like this as well -- especially since they just made an essential "addition by subtraction" lineup change.