Who says the '80s are over? Anyone making such a premature announcement hasn't yet heard Cure For The Common Crush by Id Guinness. This CD's slick production makes one want to shout, "Come back Simple Minds. All's forgiven."
The band's cover of David Bowie's "Always Crashing In The Same Car" has led some to brand it modern day glam-ers, but "The One That Got Away", with its Eleanor Rigby-like string part, shows that The Beatles have also had a noticeable impact on the act's sound. But these mostly straight forward rock songs also bring to mind a less thematic Pink Floyd much of the time.
When everything here comes together just right – like the way the strummed acoustic guitar, keyboards and vocals coexist perfectly on "25 Watts" – Id Guinness can be quite compelling. But a little more dirt under the fingernails and a little less nail polish on the outside would have made this a far more likeable CD. Production values in the '80s obscured many a good band. Let's hope this doesn't also happen to Id Guinness.
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Id Guinness - Cure For The Common Crush