Monday, June 13, 2011

More than meets the eye

The other day I was chatting with a friend about pop songs with string quartet accompaniment, and way in the back of my mind I remembered a song of the utmost loveliness. As the final song on the Bangles first full length LP All Over the Place from 1984, More Than Meets The Eye walks a fine line, veering ever so slightly towards baroque pop. Their harmony work is absolutely stunning, but the real clincher for me is the coda - just an acoustic guitar and the quartet weaving in and out.

Why they never ventured down this road again is likely the fault of the record company. With their next album their sound went 80's top 40 and a lot of promise was lost for eternity. But bless them for getting this on vinyl first.


Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Ah ... Brian Wilson would approve, as do I, and then the ending is flat out unforgettable isn't it?

Goes without saying at this point in my longtime Mr. P fandom, but I'd never heard this before ... so I'm off to iTunes now ... thanks yet again Mr. Pleasant. God i love your blog.

tbrough said...

Hey fella. Nice to see you here again.

Mister Pleasant said...

Always glad to read that my blog has introduced you to something new... and something that you dig. Who Am Us - you won't go wrong with early Bangles.

Thanks Tim. Busy life leads to little time to blog at the moment but it is all good. Thanks for stopping by.