Album Review

Lives of Angels – “Elevator to Eden” – [Dark Entries]

Naysayer   1/21/2013   12-inch, A Library

Elevator to Eden, by the British duo Lives of Angels, continues the Dark Entries Records rereleasing project. Originally recorded between 1982 and 1983, Lives of Angels’ sound is lighter than most Dark Entries’ artists. Many of the instruments are played by and most vocals are sung by Gerald O’Connell. His wife, Catherine, sings on one song and accompanies him throughout the songs.

Flat, monotone vocals. Easy rhymes (light/fright, park/dark). Lyrics filled with some angst, ennui. Sort of depression lite. Drum machine driven with simple, repeated guitar lines. Simple synthesizer melodies. Sounds Joy Divisionish or early Cure.

It’s a good addition to the Dark Entries collection.

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