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The album that launched Gene Loves Jezebel in America, Discover caught the British band perfectly poised between their post-punk gothic past and their arena future. The centerpiece was, of course, "Desire," the clarion cry of rock's late-'80s future, all yelps and pervasive riffs strafed by searing leads, and an insistent chorus that defied listeners not to shout along. Initial copies of the U.S. album featured the original single's mix with guitarist Ian Hudson, later ones were graced by an even more powerful version, turned into a sonic roar by producer Peter Walsh, and showcasing the group's new guitarist, James Stevenson. Stevenson's arrival helped set the stage for a serious shift in the band's musical direction, a reinvention of the Jezzie sound into a more rock-friendly, pop-esque style. The two versions of "Desire" illustrate that point to perfection. But at the time of recording, old and new styles, pop and Goth, all filtered into the mix, and miraculously were held together. BBQ. 2005.
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"Desire" and "Sweetest Thing" are joined by almost-as-good gems like "Over the Rooftops," "Kick" and "Brand New Moon." The music has become almost stadium-sized by now, thanks in part to the addition of Mick Ronson-worshipping guitarist James Stevenson to the lineup, but the Jezebels still maintain their patented auras of dark mystery. Strange, sublime, and utterly unique pop music.
The reissue is well-worth it for fans! The disc of rarities is packed with long-lost artifacts of this inspired time.
You've got extended versions of Desire, Sweetest Thing, Heartache, and some hard-to-find songs such as Psycho2 and Suspicion (albeit its the original version). Sad to say that the Vagabond in this collection is not the version I was looking for, but still it is worthy purchase for collectors and new wave fans.