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The Roches - Speak (1989)

Artist: The Roches
Title: Speak
Year Of Release: 1989
Label: MCA Records
Genre: Folk-Rock
Quality: MP3 320 Kbps
Total Time: 54:38
Total Size: 197 Mb

01. Speak (04:19)
02. Big Nuthin' (04:43)
03. Cloud Dancing (02:53)
04. Everyone Is Good (03:54)
05. In the World (02:36)
06. I Love My Mom (04:03)
07. Losing Our Job (04:28)
08. Person with a Past (05:05)
09. The Anti-Sex Backlash of the 80's (02:37)
10. Easy (03:34)
11. Nocturne (04:47)
12. Merciful God (04:13)
13. Broken Places (04:47)
14. Feeling Is Mutual (02:41)

While just about every critic and fan has a favorite Roches album that was inexplicably ignored, most will probably agree that Speak was the one that really should have gone gold. All of the ingredients for a huge album are here: emotional yet accessible songs, radio-friendly folk-pop arrangements, and the sisters' usual mind-blowing vocal pyrotechnics. True, the title cut does have harmonies and cadences that are more typical of Bulgarian music, but much of the rest of this album is radio-ready. "Big Nuthin" and "Person With a Past" are two obvious hits, but there are plenty more; in fact, this album doesn't have a dud track from end to end. Sure, fans of their early work will find "I Love My Mom" a bit too conventional and poppy, but heck, if you can't get a bit schmaltzy on a song to your mom, something's wrong with the world. Those who love the Roches' trademark bizarre wordplay and telepathic harmonies can focus on the avant-garde a cappella of "The Anti-Sex Backlash of the 80s" -- and with a title like that how can you resist? The jazzy backups are well handled and subtle throughout the album, and it's a classic. Alas, like all Roches albums it was critically acclaimed but ignored by the public.

The Roches - Speak (1989)
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