Nine years ago I wasn’t expecting such a fevered reaction to two records I shared by an old school Austin, TX outfit, Glass Eye. Those releases, the Marlo ep from 1985, and 1986 full length follow-up, Huge saw gazillions of downloads and at least two or three rounds of refreshed links. Amazingly, the band’s official website is still intact, and evidently interest in Glass Eye is still palpable. I didn’t realize it at the time I procured it a couple years ago, but the 1988 Christine ep was an appetizer of sorts for the quartet’s second LP, Bent By Nature. The dynamic title piece is intermittently disciplined and wiry and one of the single most effective songs in their catalog. A traipse through Paul Simon’s “Cecila” absorbs a full two minutes it’s precious 150 seconds building up to it’s frenzied crescendo, albeit still gratifying. Christine winds things out with the sardonic country rendering, “The Ballad of Abraham Lincoln,” a song bearing, shall I say, schizophrenic tendencies.
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05. The Ballad of Abraham Lincoln
Articles Origin: Glass Eye – Christine ep (1988, Bar None)