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RELEASE DATE: 1988
LABEL: Tenor Vossa
01. Walk Down to the Water
02. Magic Lamp
05. Green Finger Swinger
06. Come Reassure Me
07. All the Reasons Slide
10. No Answered Prayers
Breathless have been making albums for 14 years. Singer Dominic Appleton is
perhaps best known as a contributor to the three This Mortal Coil albums which
brought together some of the best musicians on the 4AD label to produce haunting
compositions that were cherished by the minority who heard them. Absolutely
impossible to date, Breathless' droning waves of guitars and synthesizers paced
by slow drumming could have been created anytime between now and the early eighties.
The sound is distinctly British, and the melancholic feeling projected by the
sombre soundscapes bring bands like Talk Talk (in their post-pop phase), Flying
Saucer Attack and Laika to mind. The difference is that Breathless uses mostly
the classical rock outfit - guitars, bass and drums - to evoke these moods.
Dominic Appleton retain their strong, just dramatic enough timbre throughout
Blue Moon, while his bandmates once again are a perfectly simpatico set of players
for his often dreamy, passionate lyrics. Songs like "Viva, " "Ballroom, "
and "All the Reasons Slide, " with a striking series of chimed bells
to its credit, definitely call up a shadowy sense of the moodier corners of
1969. When it comes to the soaring, sweeping rock that the band is known for,
longtime fans need not worry ? "Magic Lamp" is easily the equal
of such past high points as "Don't Just Disappear, " at once a roaring
monster and a romantic, passionate piece.