As Published in the Dead Air Diary June 1984
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It was obvious by the Dream Syndicate’s stage show that they are aiming their sound towards the mainstream, a suspicion I had when I was listening to this record and comparing it to the better Days of Wine and Roses. Gone is the feedback-laden guitar ambience of that record, having been replaced by keyboards and more conventional guitar solos. Still there is Steve Wynn’s psycho voice, (“Yeahhhhhh,” “Awwwwwww”) and some great songs (“Still Holding on the You.” “Burn” and all of side two) make it worthwhile. If they do break, they’ll be mainstream with a difference just like their idols Lou Reed and Bob Dylan. List price: $6.98.
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