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Broken Record Prayers [Best of]

Comet Gain Audio CD

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19. Germ of Youth, Pt. 2
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Comet Gain is a beloved British indie rock band, formed in 1993. Over five full-lengths and twenty or so 7-inches, their music has evolved into a culmination of sounds that range from Northern soul, the riot grrrl movement, and 60s girl groups. They're often considered contemporaries to the likes of Huggy Bear, The Clean, Bikini Kill, Heavenly, Television Personalities, and The Pastels, and they've been cited as a major influence on the rising jangly underground featuring Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Crystal Stilts, and caUSE co-MOTION! This release is a collection of Comet Gain's lost, hidden, and cherished singles, unreleased songs, and their historic John Peel session.

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5.0 out of 5 stars where has this been all my life? Aug. 24 2010
By Stargrazer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A catch-all collection of singles from the second phase of this long-running British indie band, "Broken Record Prayers" contains some fantastically deft pop nuggets with surreally self-referential ("...I don't really have a French girlfriend/I just made her up for the song/The world will end December 2012/Good luck to you all") and pop/cult-culture ("Jack Nance Hair") touches, outspokenly left-wing and/or pro-creative lyrics, and a dizzying array of songwriting styles and playing techniques. The obvious product of restless souls with deep record collections, this collection boasts such instant classics as the blasting, propulsive "Love Without Lies" -- sounding like the demented offspring of a forced union between The Pixies and Elastica, the truly lovely "Books Of California" replete with la-la-la-la-la-la-las, and the disarming "You Can Hide Your Love Forever" (which I'm told is their best known song). They also neatly span the gulf between hi-fi and lo-fi, managing to sound fresh and loose even though there is clearly some agile song-crafting and arranging taking place behind the scenes.

I stumbled into this band after hearing a song on a Kill Rock Stars compilation ("One More Summer Before I Go"), but I had no idea of their sheer variety and breadth, not to mention their high ratio of insanely memorable, highly literate material. Very British, very good. I'll be digging into the back catalog.
4.0 out of 5 stars good introduction to this long standing band March 20 2014
By SarahK66 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
While so many great British 90s bands broke up by 1998 its nice to see that Comet Gain are still making music. They were never on my radar before, but after all these years I decided to listen and I am happy. Good hooks and lyrics with a little old school British grrrl/boy edge.

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