Tuesday, May 1, 2007
One of the last great bands of the 80's, The Teardrop Explodes crafted brilliant pop songs full of spare instrumentation, cryptic arrangements, and a great sense of mystery. For those unaware, this was Julian Cope's band before breaking through with his solo career, and it's nice to see his poetic shaman character being nurtured in these early years. The production on Wilder is notable for it's crisp clean tone that surprisingly doesn't sound too dated. The upbeat agit-rock numbers retain their energy and the quieter moments radiate with a delicate sheen. An awesome record!