The Verlaines - Bird Dog

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Artist: The Verlaines
Release: Bird-Dog
Discogs: 2760612
Released: 1987 / 2010
Label: Flying Nun Europe / Flying Nun Records
Catalog#: FNE 21 / FNCD077
Format: FLAC / Lossless / Log (100%) / Cue / CD, Reissue
Country: New Zealand
Style: Rock, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
01. Makes No Difference (4:04)
02. You Forget Love (2:46)
03. Take Good Care Of It (2:17)
04. Just Mum (5:18)
05. Slow Sad Love Song (3:43)
06. Only Dream Left (3:47)
07. Dippy's Last Trip (1:52)
08. Bird - Dog (4:12)
09. Icarus Missed (3:07)
10. C.D. Jimmy Jazz And Me (5:45)
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Crafty New Zealand pop group lead by song craftsman Graham Downes that leaned heavily toward Baroque classicism on this exquisite collection of tales from 1987. Their art was in the subtlety of arrangements, and the group was pivotal in defining the complex simplicity of the Flying Nun sound alongside the Clean and the Chills. The Verlaines were certainly the first of the family in the '80s to embrace truly classical modality in their delicate pop sound, and the result is Bird Dog, as a sophisticated and glorious album of Downes' distinct genius, whose only peers would be Robert Forster and Martin Phillips. Although his craft may be fastidious, The Verlaines have mastery of rendering it effortless on Bird Dog. Later their sound may have become a little more stilted, but for a group so ahead of their time, anything is forgivable, although many fans of this character and eccentricity displayed here may believe the edge was lost in the '90s when they pursued a straighter MOR sound. With Hallelujah All the Way Home and Some Disenchanted Evening on either side of this release, it is difficult to think of another group who made three albums of this quality in five years.
The Verlaines - Bird Dog/01 - The Verlaines - Makes No Difference.flac 23.57 MB
The Verlaines - Bird Dog/02 - The Verlaines - You Forget Love.flac 17.834 MB
The Verlaines - Bird Dog/03 - The Verlaines - Take Good Care Of It.flac 14.574 MB
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