A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns

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A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns
Studio album by Lilys
Released March 1994
Genre Power pop/indie rock
Length 22.03
Label SpinART
Lilys chronology
In the Presence of Nothing
(1992)In the Presence of Nothing1992
A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns
Eccsame the Photon Band
(1995)Eccsame the Photon Band1995

A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns is a 1994 mini-album by the American indie rock band, Lilys, released on the SpinART label on 10-inch vinyl and CD.[1] The lead track, "Ginger", was used in a CK1 commercial.[1] The album was issued in the UK in 1998.[1] The album saw the band make their first major stylistic shift; The early My Bloody Valentine-influenced sound had given way to what Trouser Press described as "pleasant, straightforward guitar pop".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Tim DiGravina of Allmusic described the mini-album as "a brief mini-album of amazing songs" and gave it a four-star review.[3] He described it as "an essential release for fans of the Lilys and indie fans in general," going on to state "If music could define words, the first five songs here would be an pop/rock definition for the word beautiful."[3] Trouser Press writer Douglas Wolk described "Any Place I've Lived" as "the best melody Heasley's written to date".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Lilys.

No. Title Length
1. "Ginger" 5:34
2. "Ycjcyaqftj" 1:40
3. "Any Place I've Lived" 1:58
4. "Jenny, Andrew and Me" 4:09
5. "Dandy" 4:52
6. "Evel Knievel" 3:58




  1. ^ a b c Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 836-7
  2. ^ a b Wolk, Douglas "Lilys", Trouser Press, retrieved 25 December 2009
  3. ^ a b c DiGravina, Tim "A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation, retrieved 25 December 2009
  4. ^ Orgera, Alexandra; Saul, James; Howard, Brian, & Rapa, Patrick (2006) "The Lilys Family Tree Archived 2015-10-01 at the Wayback Machine.", Philadelphia City Paper, February 16–22, 2006, retrieved 25 December 2009