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Birds of Passage by Bel Canto - Rounding up the Usual Suspects
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Birds of Passage by Bel Canto

Date: 25 Mar 90 02:28:57 GMT

I'm listening to the new Bel Canto disc, Birds of Passage. It's another album in the type of music that includes things like Beautiful Pea Green Boat, Innocence Mission, 10000 Maniacs, Heavenly Bodies, Julee Cruise, possibly Cocteau Twins, and others. I don't know what to call that kind of music, but it's better off without a term for it, since the record companies are sure to release dozens of wannabes to it when they hear of a term for it.

Anyway, it's probably rhythmically most like Beautiful Pea Green Boat (about which, where did they get that name?), and vocally is similar to the others listed above. The mood is generally similar to the BPGB album, though I think the rhythm is closer. On a few of the songs there are some more exotic styles that remind me somewhat of Peter Gabriel on Passion.

To borrow a summary line from ["JD", on the same mailing list], who got it from the Residents, "buy or die." :-)

Steve [real last name, which people shared back then]
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