Soul Train

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In the 1980s and early to mid-'90s, Chicago's Wax Trax label could usually be counted on to deliver adventurous alternative rock. One of the many noteworthy alternative bands Wax Trax documented was Wreck, which was in good form on the appealing if uneven Soul Train. Nervous, jerky, and abrasive, cuts like "Raised by Whites," "Rust Belt," and "Bad Energy" take some getting used to. But the more one listens to these abstract, difficult songs, the more one realizes just how worthwhile most of them are. Wreck didn't exactly go out of its way to be accessible, and you won't find a lot of melodic hooks on this CD. Soul Train sounds very much like the work of a band that had no desire to compromise its creative vision.

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