Feel No Shame

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Feel No Shame is the sound of late '80s "big music." Aslan sings songs of lost faith and lost love while wearing their hearts on their sleeves. The results, unfortunately, are less than stellar and only occasionally worth a listen. Lead singer Christy Dignam has a voice that is thin and reedy -- he sings lyrics that rely on a cache of cliched ideas. Musically, they rarely rise above being run-of-the-mill club rockers with typically jangly guitars. There are a few moments here: "Please Don't Stop" is an infectious slice of straight-ahead pop/rock with a joyous chorus and bluesy harmonica, and "Sands of Time" owes a bit of melodic debt to Modern English's "I Melt With You" -- and the scaled-back lyrics work well. In fact, the songs that are the most engaging are the ones like "Sands of Time" and the title cut, which speak of the politics of the heart in more simple terms. Aslan's hearts might be in the right place, but their grasp, sadly, exceeds their reach.

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