The first Darkside release was its most atypical, if only because the original Highrise Love EP is the only recording featuring the band's actual founder, Nick Hadyn, on vocals. He's a more forward singer than Pete Bassman turned out to be, with just enough of a rasp in his vocals to lend some bite, but the same sort of bliss-tinged atmosphere that seems endemic to Rugby-based vocalists crops up here as well. Call him the more distinct Tim Burgess if one wants, though there's no attempt at Madchester grooves here -- it's charging feedback stuff up top with the Spacemen 3 refugees bringing their own expertise to the bottom end. "Highrise Love" duly snarls and kicks along, with an attractive guitar break in the middle that hints at the band's greater powers, but it's the blasting "Killing Time," with pounding, tribal-touched drumming and a huge main riff, that's the real standout here. Hadyn's so good with his delivery it's regrettable he gave up music after this, while the concluding band blast is a total trip, loud and searing. "Can't Think Straight" makes for an equally fun, gripping track to wrap things up.
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AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett