Various Artists

Lonely Is an Eyesore

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If the artsy British independent label 4AD has a calling card, it's 1987's Lonely Is an Eyesore. Featuring many exclusive selections from their late-'80s staples, you get tribal mysticism from Dead Can Dance ("Frontier," "The Protagonist"), fractured pop mysticism from Throwing Muses ("Fish"), dream pop mysticism from the Cocteau Twins ("Crushed"), gothic mysticism from This Mortal Coil and Clan of Xymox ("Acid, Bitter and Sad" and "Muscoviet Musquito," respectively), instrumental mysticism from Dif Juz ("No Motion"), sound collage mysticism from Colourbox ("Hot Doggie"), and pop art mysticism from the Wolfgang Press ("Cut the Tree"). It isn't exactly a sought-after independent label sampler in the manner of Rough Trade's Wanna Buy a Bridge?, and it's not as legendary as Factory's A Factory Sampler, but it does offer some fine examples of 4AD's excellence, especially in the cases of the Throwing Muses and Dif Juz selections. The compilation was also released in a severely limited edition (try 100, of which only 30 were commercially issued), encased in a wooden box with a VHS supplement and a number of graphic prints.

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