Monday, July 25, 2011

Let's Active - Cypress - 1984

Cypress was the band's first recording made for release, as opposed to Afoot which was intended to be a demo. Some of its finest moments, such as "Easy Does" and "Waters Part," are in keeping with Afoot in terms of form, but the added care taken in its recording makes this album shine, and further illustrates Mitch Easter's talents as a producer; the more expansive arrangements (with a surprising amount of synthesizers) and subtle sonic explorations more fully illuminate the songs. Within a distinguished and consistent catalog, Cypress stands as the high-water mark for the band. -AMG


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Anonymous said...

Oddly enough I'm not a fan of the sound of Mitch Easter produced albums. Always found his partner in crime, Don Dixon's stuff to sound much better. Like this album though. Thanks

Trolley said...

Pretty much my favorite album of the eighties and one of my favorites of all time!

Kishin said...

I love this album and was excited at a chance to upgrade from my 192kbps copy. No such luck. It seems your stuff is usually 320. Or am I misremembering?

Not meaning to look a gift horse in the mouth, though!


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