Looking for a Day in the Night

The Lilac Time

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Looking for a Day in the Night Review

by Aaron Badgley

After eight years and several stunning solo CDs, Stephen Duffy resurrected the Lilac Time. And it is as if time stood still for them. Looking for a Day in the Night picks up where 1991's Astronauts stopped. This really is not a surprise, as Duffy has been flirting with folk music throughout his solo releases in the '90s. This is beautiful, quiet, acoustic focused contemporary folk music. Once again, Duffy has written some seemingly personal songs letting the world into his own struggles and confusion. The songs have several different layers, which are peeled away with each listening. The lyrics are pure poetry. A highlight is the wonderfully scathing "All Over Again," which addresses the music industry. Duffy does it in a style masking his bitterness with humor. Nick Duffy (brother to Stephen) contributes a great deal to this CD, writing the instrumental songs, with the achingly beautiful song "The Spirit Moves" a highlight. The CD is perfectly produced, and the musicianship is flawless. As usual, the vocals, with the tight harmonies, are always a highlight, and this CD is no exception. Duffy's voice is soft, gentle, and yet very emotional. This CD is a must for any fan of folk-rock (in the Simon & Garfunkel vein) and any Stephen Duffy or Lilac Time fan. This CD is just more evidence of Duffy's indescribable talent, which has been somewhat overlooked due to the immense success of "Kiss Me" which has had him labeled as an '80s "dance" artist.

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