The Liberty Ship's lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist, Marc Elston, was half of the superb late-'80s/early-'90s indie pop noise duo Bulldozer Crash. Here he rounds up a full band and takes another shot at indie pop glory. Northern Angel, the group's four-song debut CD, is brimming with charming melodies, simple yet just right instrumentation, and songs that are good. The vocals are delightfully down to earth and emotional without being messy about it. All four songs have a chiming, Byrds-influenced, classic indie pop sound. "Northern Angel" has lovely minor chords, a soaring chorus, and is reminiscent of late-'80s bands like the great East Village. "Small Lives" is a down-tempo ballad with a well-programmed, non-cheesy drum machine and a beautiful melody. This EP is a promising start for the Liberty Ship. Indie pop fans should certainly keep a watch out for them.
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AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra