Angst were one out of as many as two-dozen unknown acts that SST was capable of bankrolling after they began raking in profits from Black Flag and Husker Du records. They were on an intriguing roster to say the least, but this trio sounded relatively organic when stacked up against their more noisome stablemates. 1987's Mystery Spot was their third full length, and the only one I've really listened to. It's a samey but likeable batch of songs threaded together by briskly strummed chords and rumbling rhythm accompaniment. Deliberately or not, Angst definitely had a collegiate rock angle, and were even reminiscent of the Feelies, albeit more concise. Trouser Press had a real issue with the recording quality involving Mystery Spot, but as for myself, not so much. You can read their critique below.
Angst took a calculated risk on Mystery Spot, engaging producer
Vitus Mataré to help flesh out and upgrade the sound. It almost worked.
Multi-tracked guitars and dynamic arrangements bring the songs into
near-pop focus, with unprecedented melody, sensitivity, structure and
vocal appeal, but atrocious recording quality (and/or a heinously
bungled mix) buries them in a flat, muddy swamp. Pope and Risk continue
to reveal themselves in emotionally resonant songs — too bad their
ambitious effort was spoiled by a technicality.
01. Outside My Window
02. Back in January
03. It's Mine
04. What's the Difference?
05. Looking for a Reason
07. Mind Average
08. One Life (Out of 9)
09. Wazee Street
10. I Remember
11. Ah, the Morning
12. Red Wing
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