Love Club

Lime Twigs and Treachery

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In terms of rock, MCA's primary emphasis in 1990 was on metal and commercial hard rock. But the company did aim at the alternative rock market that year when it signed Love Club, whose Lime Twigs and Treachery should have been much better known. The person who does the most to make this left-of-center release so exciting is Deborah Borchers -- the lead singer is as intoxicating as she is frenzied on such abstract, intensely eerie fare as "Holding Heaven's Hand," "Killing Ground," and "Distant." As much as Love Club thrives on dissonance, the band also has a fine melodic sense. Borchers sometimes brings to mind Tori Amos, but Club tends to be more aggressive, as well as more accessible. Had this neglected album been released three or four years later -- when alternative rock was king and major labels were aggressively promoting this type of music -- it might have enjoyed a lot more commercial success.

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