This is a self-produced disc by a husband and wife team (?—the liner's kinda coy on the exact relationship) that contains potential but also a welter of all too common DIY flaws. Marina Comstock comes from rather distinguished origins in a long line of artists and entertainers (her grandfather wrote Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator), and Rick Comstock was alongside her in on the 80s New Wave explosion, a designer until they opened the music studio Soundscape, hosting Chris Stein, Brian Setzer, and members of Andy Warhol's nearby Factory.
Marina possesses a good voice, though cuts like This Storm show where improvement is needed. Worse, the dominance of cheesy keyboard patches tends to obscure her chance to really get into things properly (hafta say, though, that I liked Rick's Frippian guitar in the recesses, a League of Gentlemen kinda thing). As if obstinate, many of the melodies stick too determinedly to basic structures, needing offsetting coloration and tempo breaks. A lot of the basic musical ideas are sound and, when Marina's on top of it, her voice is chartworthy within sonic expositions that flow and weave (Soothe), but the overall quality of the CD is curiously both uneven and samey, showing that a lack of extrapolative thought is evident. Far too much of what should be fertile ground ends up in mediocrity. Consign it to the 'better luck next time' pile.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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