Wednesday, January 11, 2012

CD Review: The Luck Of Eden Hall - Belladonna Marmalade

I reviewed Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1 by Chicago psychedelic rockers The Luck Of Eden Hall for the Illinois Entertainer in the Fall of 2011 and later posted it here. But I haven’t come across the recently released Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 2 yet.


In the meantime, here’s a look at how it all started for The Luck Of Eden Hall. I wrote this review of their debut CD, Belladonna Marmalade for the Illinois Entertainer in 1993.


When Luck Of Eden Hall vocalist Gregory Curvey sings, “You can take a trip with me” on “Take A Trip,” it’s an invitation to join him in a whole new dimension. Listeners are transformed to miniature size and frolic among berries, walnuts, and dandelions while being serenaded by crickets and honeybees. As the day-glo graphics for Belladonna Marmalade suggest, this Chicago-based band has a lot of psychedelic influences.


“Darling Dear” gets the album off to a hard-hitting start before evolving into a more ornate arrangement. The title track travels a similar route and flows into the captivating maritime yarn, “Siren.” On the guitar-driven “Lilywhite,” a man strolling down a path spies maidens bathing in a stream and decides to join them. “Reel To Reel,” which sets fanciful imagery to a steady beat, is a prime example of The Luck Of Eden Hall’s potent blend of magic and muscle.

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