Thursday, November 12, 2009

MiNsTeR HiLL - MiNsTeR HiLL - 1999

Calling all XTC fans! Is two LPs a decade too little? Here's a humble protégé snack to wile away those in between-meals. This New Jersey band is actually one Howard Herrick, whose sunny-pop confections, and especially the baroque hiccup of his straining high voice, are replicas of Andy Partridge's work in the early-to-mid '80s. It recalls singles such as "Senses Working Overtime," "Love on a Farmboy's Wages," and "All You Pretty Girls." Like that English Settlement/Mummer/Big Express blueprint, Herrick's not energized enough to be new wave, nor '60s enough to be retro, but lies somewhere in that middle place, where shy lads sing like chirping birds at all the elegance and sobriety life throws. Perhaps the production is lower-budget than that of his hero's work, but there's minor, fresh-faced appeal. -AMG

MiNsTeR HiLL - MiNsTeR HiLL - 1999/rs

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Anonymous said...

One of my favorites!!! Your cheating yourself if you don't get this record and Minster Hill's new record

walknthabass said...

Nice - Thanks!

Will definitely have to go check out the latest album

POPPHIL said...

Thanks for this great discovery but there's a technical glitch on track 5 which stops suddenly after 1:49 of prog pop beauty. Could you please fix that up?


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