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Point of View
31 August 2011
This is the demo album before they were signed. It sounds as you would expect a demo to sound but the remastering is pretty good and it's not terribly lo-fi at all. 7 tracks here appear on their debut, Cheshire Cat. They are all either rather good or good.
Out of the remaining 7 the highlights are only '21 days' and 'The Girl Next Door' (which is a cover anyway). The rest are ok but not particularly inspiring. It is worth checking this out if you are a fan or completist though as it has an exuberance that is missing from the post Dude Ranch era. But as an album, Cheshire Cat is the better option (albeit no masterpiece either).
Good for a look into the early days of a now huge band. Traces of talent do appear but it is still hard to see how these adolescent upstarts managed to raise their game in only a few albums to take the world by storm. But raise they did.