Blow (Red Lorry Yellow Lorry album)

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Blow
Studio album by Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
Released 1989
Recorded UK
Genre Rock/alternative rock/post-punk
Length 44:37
Label Situation Two/Beggars Banquet
Producer Harold Burgon and Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry chronology
Nothing Wrong
(1988)
Blow
(1989)
Blasting Off
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 starslink
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars link

Blow is Red Lorry Yellow Lorry's fourth album, released in 1989, and their last LP on the Beggars Banquet off-shoot label, Situation Two, in the UK. In the US it was released by Beggars Banquet/RCA.

The album was a slight change in direction for the band. While it still had the band's customary swirling rush of guitars, pounding drums, loud bass and Chris Reed's deep growling vocals, the songs were a little slower, with stronger, more conventional melodies sweetened by occasional female backing vocals. Reed's lyrics were less downbeat, almost optimistic. As critics noted, overall Blow is a warmer album than the band's previous, somewhat dour offerings; the Lorries left their specious gothic rock trappings behind for good. Chicago Tribune noted: "There is a strong pop element in the songs` melodies and structures, a danceable energy in faster numbers and some crisp, ringing guitar work in slower tunes. The material, including Reed`s flat, low vocals, is still moody, but there is a separation between instruments-and between instruments and vocals-that steers the proceedings well clear of anything that could be labeled wall-of-gloom."[1] Trouser Press agreed, stating that "Blow takes the band a giant step forward in terms of melodicism and diversity of sound. Staying clear of the old monochromatic wall of noise, the production gives them plenty of punch and much more warmth..." [2] The change may have resulted in better reviews but the sales were not impressive; Beggars Banquet dropped the band the following year.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Happy To See Me – 3:05
  2. Temptation – 3:07
  3. Shine A Light – 3:10
  4. Too Many Colors – 3:38
  5. Heaven – 4:13
  6. Gift That Shines – 3:56
  7. In A World – 3:50
  8. You Are Everything – 4:01
  9. West Wakes Up – 4:18
  10. It Was Wrong – 3:10
  11. Blow – 4:33
  12. Heaven (Acoustic Version) – 3:45

All tracks were written by Chris Reed (lyrics) and Reed/Dave Wolfenden/Leon Phillips/"Chill" Chillington (music), except for "Heaven", written by Reed (lyrics), and Reed/Wolfenden/Phillips (music)

Personnel[edit]

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry:

with:

  • Jilly Myhill - backing vocals
  • Steve Hagarth - keyboards
  • Dick Adland - drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ Popson, Tom. "Traveling A New Road With Red Lorry Yellow Lorry". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Robbins, Ira, editor (1991). The Fourth Edition of the Trouser Press Record Guide, pg.542. Collier Books. ISBN 0-02-036361-3.