The Triffids

Love in Bright Landscapes

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One of the brightest, if most sorely overlooked stars on the post-punk scene, the Triffids' winning combination of guitar, bass, and violin drove an immensely talented group of musicians not only toward some of the greatest music of the early '80s, but also toward some of the most unerringly fearless. Modern ears remain most familiar with the string of records that the band made following their major-label debut; this set, however, captures the group while it was still laboring in the relative obscurity of their Australian homeland, and stands as an indispensable anthology that gathers together album, EP and single tracks. Some ears will already be familiar with the standout "Rosevel," "Property Is Condemned," and "Monkey on My Back," all of which have peppered various genre compilations over the years. But it is the pedal steel swing of "You Don't Miss Your Water (Till Your Well Runs Dry)," the so-Australian "Jesus Calling," the absolutely perfect "Hell of a Summer," and the piping sweetness of "Raining Pleasure" that really pinpoints just how diverse this group could be. Love in Bright Landscapes is very much a grab-and-go compilation, allowing us to enjoy the band at their best, but disappointing in that it foregoes some of the more esoteric treats within their 1980-1984 catalog. But the CD reissue at least included three additional bonus tracks, "Embedded," "Old Ghostrider," and "Madeline," and anybody looking for an entry into the band's ten-CD rarities box set will find this a very wide open door.

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