Delusions of Grandeur - Picture Perfect Martyr (1989, Acid Ceiling)
In reference to the title, more like picture perfect pop! Not unlike jangly Anglophiles the Ocean Blue, who took a chip off the ol' C86 block, made some slight modifications, and pitched it to us Yanks in a more palatable formula, Beantown's Delusions of Grandeur adopted a similar tact, albeit without a modicum of recognition to show for it. Too bad, because both songs on side one are stunning, with "Silent Sea" clocking in at a perfect ten, and the sweetly chiming "This Theatre Falls" coming in not far behind. The other side of the coin features the strummy and sobering "From Green to Red," and the much swifter and acoustic-endowed "Carousel." I'm hearing trace elements of everyone from Winter Hours to Ireland's Power of Dreams, and even a little Crowded House and REM too. A nice surprise from a combo that sports a decidedly goth appearance on the rear album jacket. Upon digitizing these tracks, I probably should have taken a little record cleaning solution to this rather staticy wax, but for now, enjoy it as is (I'm pretty confident you will).