Album Review

Th? Faith Healers – Peel Sessions – [Ba Da Bing!]

Hunter Gatherer   12/18/2005   A Library, CD

Th’ Faith Healers are a four piece group from Hamstead, England. They released their first single on the Too Pure label in 1990 and broke up in 1994. During their time together, they recorded five sessions for John Peel. This CD was released Nov 2005.

This CD contains the four Peel sessions that haven’t been released yet. (We have the one that is already released on a collection in A/CD called Too Pure – The Peel Sessions, which also contains Stereolab and PJ Harvey.)

Th’ Faith Healers have a great sound, playing rock that has come down with a bad case of punk. The fabled intensity of their performances comes through in these recordings.

Tom Cullinan, the songwriter and guitarist slashes and burns his way through some tracks, while on others he has more of a ‘solid wall? type of sound. The singer, Roxanne Stephen, is everything a frontwoman needs to be, funny, smart, sarcastic, and loud. The rhythm section have my respect just for keeping everything from falling apart.

My favorite track is (14) Curly Lips in which Ms. Stephen promises/threatens, ‘one day I’ll fly through your window bringing the sky to your world.’ Put on this CD and take her up on her offer.

Language: 1,6

Covers: 4 (Abba),16 (Nilsson?)

–Hunter Gatherer

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