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VerlainesHallelujah all the way home.


1985 debut reissued 2010.

1.It Was Raining
2.All Laid On
3.The Lady and the Lizard
4.Don't Send Me Away
5.Lying in State
6.Phil Too?
7.For the Love of Ash Grey
8.The Ballad of Harry Noryb

The Verlaines first full-length studio album finds the band grasping at high art in a decidedly pop context. Singer-songwriter Graeme Downes brings a classically trained musical background and educated bent to the endeavor of upping the ante on the three-minute pop song format. Amidst the fray of Downes' frustrated tales of betrayal, isolation, and disillusionment lay cellos and French horns in place of power chords and distortion pedals. In "The Lady and the Lizard," Downes' bitter misgivings are tempered with muted rolling horns. The band saw fit to re-record "Phil Too" (an earlier EP release), in which the metaphor of Caesar's betrayal ringing through Downes' tale of ill-fated relationships.

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