Wednesday, March 23, 2011

CD Review: Suncatcher - The Girl That God Forgot

Note: This review originally appeared in the Illinois Entertainer in 1998.

The engaging new trio Suncatcher evokes both the early Beatles and R.E.M. on The Girl That God Forgot while maintaining the edge of a modern band. Lead vocalist-guitarist Doug Hammond leans toward cryptic lyrics filled with images of flying, drug abuse, and suicide.

The title track offers weird spiritual references and clever wordplay like, “Clarity begins at home” and “No vaccine, so have me shot.” On “Juvenalia,” Hammond sings,” My fate is something you laugh about./You dance while I do without” against an ethereal backdrop of acoustic and electric guitars. “Dandelion” is a somber ballad set to a string arrangement.


Vaughn Trapp April 16, 2011 at 11:48 PM  

Hi Terry,
This is Doug Hammond....
I just put up a new record on Bandcamp (I'm "Vaughn Trapp" now) and stumbled on this...
What possessed you to post about Suncatcher anyway? (just curious)
Maybe FIVE people know about this record ;)....

Terry Flamm May 3, 2011 at 8:18 PM  
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Terry Flamm May 3, 2011 at 8:25 PM  

Vaughn: Thanks for your comment. I reviewed Suncatcher for the Illinois Entertainer when it first came out. You or your record company must have sent it to them. Sometimes I go through my I.E. archives looking for interesting reviews I did in the past, and I remembered liking your CD. So I decided to post it. Good luck with your new project. I'll have to check it out.

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