Love Child

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Formed while all three bandmembers -- bassist Will Baum, vocalist and bassist Rebecca Odes, and guitarist and vocalist Alan Licht -- were students in upstate New York, Love Child was the logical outcome of the preceding 20 years of (predominantly but not exclusively) American rock, from punk to grunge, via Mission of Burma, Hüsker Dü, and Minutemen, knowing how to combine the more marketable aspects of punk with the fuzzed-out danger of no wave. Though Odes' disarmingly chirpy "Church of Satan" has always attracted the most attention, Baum, who left Love Child a year after Okay? was released in 1991, penned nine of the 16 tracks (half of which say all they have to say perfectly in under two minutes), including the catchy punk-pop ditty "He's So Sensitive." Licht reveals throughout the album not only an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the electric guitar, with echoes of Pete Townshend, Robert Quine, Bob Mould, and Rudolph Grey (his solo on "Slow Me Down" is outstanding), but also a genuine talent for songwriting.

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