With a name like the Infections they have to be punk...right? Um, no, I don’t think so. A lot more straitlaced then I was expecting, I took a chance on these Michiganders by virtue of a very snazzy record sleeve and a healthy dose of mystique. In fact, Sub-Rosa is surprisingly diverse, ranging from the nervy, pub-rock groove of "Reykjavik," to "All Your Life," a Beatlesque piano ballad that gradually blossoms into a more ornate motif that's downright orchestral by the end of it's six minute journey. Faint Mersey/paisley inclinations involve "Mind Grow" and "Candle Against the Darkness," easily the most winsome two moments here. The long-winded tracks occupying side two aren’t as consistently enticing, but the ethereal “Under the Rose” finishes Sub-Rosa off on a high note.
01. Big Machine
02. Mind Grow (Apple Blossom Girl)
03. All Your Life
05. Candle Against the Darkness
06. Red Sky/Blue Heart
07. Blue Serene
08. Under the Rose
V/A - All Temptation 7" - [image: Untitled] Coconut's House (1996) This four band compilation 7" is another record that I picked up record shopping in Tokyo two years ago. Since H...
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