Eden Burning

Mirth and Matter

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Fast abandoning their acoustic and folky trademarks, Eden Burning had hoped to make a greater impact in the overpopulated alternative pop and rock scene with this stripped-down and amplified effort. Judging from the music alone, Eden Burning should have competed evenly with their more successful counterparts. However, since they still recorded for their own Ffg record label, they realistically didn't stand a chance. That's unfortunate, because this band truly showed its burgeoning talent on this album. Lead singer Paul Northup's singing has steadily become more confident, while his songwriting has become more articulate. Guitarist Charlie Ingram is more comfortable and creative with the electric guitar and his electric passages are better-chosen. With the exception of "Sunrise (East of London)," which is rather bland and plodding, Mirth and Matter is a solid effort deserving of a much better fate. Eden Burning would take one final crack at attaining prosperity with the EMI-affiliated Brink in 1996.

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