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This review is from: The Chair In The Doorway (Audio CD)Living Colour...I was the one among my peers who "discovered" Living Colour, seeing them support Anthrax on tour in 1989. I bought Vivid, it was the most startling original album I'd ever heard -and their subsequent albums never lived up to that potential. The odd great moment, yes, but the albums - Time's Up was weird and self-indulgent in parts, Stain was dark but a bit lightweight, and Collideoscope was disjointed and sounded like what it was, ten years of sparks of ideas thrown together.
The Chair In The Doorway is completely different. It has a mood, an ambience, it SOUNDS like a project that's been formulated, grown and realised. It works from the band being disciplined in their approach - all four members have scope to show off a bit, but in the main they're economic - Corey's vocals are soulful and strong, they don't often stray into histrionics; Vernon's guitarwork is structured rather than self-indulgent; Will Calhoun's drumming is imaginative without going off the point; and Doug Wimbish has plenty of opportunity to show his bass-playing expertise, without having to resort to Parliament-style roaming around the fretboard.
The result is a tight, measured, well-produced album, jam-packed with great songs. Stand out tracks? Probably "Behind The Sun", "Bless Those", "Taught Me" and the bonus on my version, which is probably called "Sweet Marie". But to pick stand-out songs probably doesn't help - it's the album as a whole which works for me, it's one of those that needs to be listened to from track one to track 11 (or 12 including the bonus) in order to get the best from it. It's a CD to buy, rather than a cluster of songs to download individually.
So there it is then, probably their best since Vivid. I'm delighted with this return to form, although I can't help feeling a twinge of regret... I've been expecting this standard for twenty years, and finally, finally, they've achieved it. What might have been...