Magnet #40, June/July 1999


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LILYS
THE 3 WAY

Kurt Heasley and his revolving batch of Lilys have made some interesting records through the years.  On 1992's excellent In  The Presence Of Nothing, Heasley paid tribute to My Bloody Valentine's Loveless.  With 1995's Eccsame The Photon Band, Heasley's lineup sounded - amazingly enough - like the Alan Parsons Project.  (It's a good record nonetheless.)  The, in 1996, Heasley channeled the spirit of Ray Davies on the bright, addictive Better Can't Make Your Life Better.  So what could we expect from Heasley on his next album?  Drum 'n' bass?  Christian hip hop?  With The 3-Way, Heasley, thankfully, continues to embody the feel-good spirit of the Kinks; the album is lovingly crafted from the era of Village Green Preservation Society  and Something Else.  There are two types of songs hereabouts: bouncy pop nuggets (like "Dimes Make Dollars" and "A Tab For The Holiday") that clock in at less than three minutes and overstuffed seven-minute tracks ("Soc's Hip" and "Leo Ryan (Our Pharaoh's Slave)") featuring a variety of strings and keyboards.  Regardless of the length, Heasley remains respectful of his 1960's counterparts while creating the perfect summer soundtrack.
-- John Elsasser

 

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