Blown. Forever. Those two words spoken or read in unison suspiciously conjure up something akin to a lascivious fantasy, but I'm sure that wasn't what Blown head honcho Nick Rudd had in mind. With that aside, I haven't mentioned Nick a whole lot on these pages, though I took a liking to his music ages ago, not only by virtue of this record, but primarily through his association with Velvet Crush, and just as significantly, the jangle-rock combo he strummed for in the late '80s, Weird Summer. Particularly on their first two albums, Cry for the Moon and Homer, WS bore the telltale lilt of "new south" aggregations like Let's Active and the dBs, but with a more durable, rootsy hue. That aesthetic carried over to this excellent mini LP, which incidentally was the premiere release for the then fledgling Parasol Records imprint. The Rickenbacker infused ambiance of the Weird Summer albums isn't as dominant on Forever, but it nonetheless could pass for a Mitch Easter or Don Dixon production - and in my world that spells quality. If this turns the key for you, check out a 1996 Weird Summer 7" that I'm also hosting on here. Enjoy (or not).
03. A Lesson Learned
04. Good One
07. A Night Like This
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