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Graces, The - 1989 Perfect View



ARTIST: Graces, The
ALBUM: Perfect View
LABEL: A&M
SERIAL: CD 5265
YEAR: 1989

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Charlotte Caffey - vocals * Meredith Brooks - vocals * Gia Ciambotti - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lay Down Your Arms * 02 When The Sun Goes Down * 03 Perfect View * 04 Fear No Love * 05 Time Waits For No One * 06 50,000 Candles Burning * 07 Should I Let You In * 08 We Never Met * 09 Tomorrow * 10 Out In The Fields


Background
After the demise of The Go-Gos, Belinda Carlisle carved herself an incredibly successful solo career, releasing a string of hit singles and albums to critical acclaim. The squeaky Jane Wiedlin tasted success as a solo artist, probably best remembered for her hit single 'Rush Hour' and portraying Joan of Arc in the film 'Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure'. Charlotte Caffey's story is one which has been overshadowed by the success of her former bandmates. She formed the all-female trio The Graces, whose album 'Perfect View', although not perfect, has moments of greatness which are easily equal to her peers.


The Songs
There are obvious stand-out songs here; 'Lay Down Your Arms' presents Caffey at her best as a songwriter - the song sounding as if it could've been a hit in the hands of Belinda Carlisle with its strong chorus. The title track has more than its fair share of na na na's, which are always guaranteed to hit the mark. A similar approach is taken on the quirky '50,000 Candles', with its mid-section made up almost entirely of oohs and aahs. It also has a chorus which works well, capturing The Graces in three-part harmony. 'Time Waits For No One' may not be as instant as some of the album's songs, but its slightly edgier guitar riff proves theres a very fine line between well crafted pop/rock and the lighter end of the AOR spectrum. Also much edgier is 'Should I Let You In', featuring a lead vocal by Meredith Brooks. The music is provided by a top selection of session musicians - Kenny Aaronoff and Anton Fig on drums; Rick Nowels, stalwart Waddy Wachtel, Mike Campbell and the cool as ever Tim Pierce on guitars, with Charlotte's brother and sometime collaborator, Tom Caffey on keys. Both Charlotte and Meredith are credited as having also played guitars on the album, but it's been rumoured that Meredith's guitar chops weren't good enough and her parts were replaced by those of the session guys.. Meredith? Not aggressive enough?.. I find that rather difficult to believe - as recent history has proven, give her a guitar, an amp and an effects pedal and watch her go.. bless her!


In Summary
Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that Meredith has since gone on to bigger and better things, since achieving international stardom with her hit single 'Bitch' and its parent album 'Blurring The Edges'. As far as I know, this was the only album release from The Graces. It may not be a classic in the true sense of the word, but like 'Voices Carry' by 'Til Tuesday and Jane Wiedlin's 'Fur', it's a great period piece.


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#1 | Eric on July 13 2008 12:56:34
Most of this record was written and produced by Ellen Shipley who put out a few good AOR albums, plus wrote 'Heaven Is A Place On Earth' for Belinda Carlisle. Good looking and good music, why didn't it sell more?
#2 | jeffduran on July 14 2008 08:04:19
all the elements were in place....I vaguely remember seeing a video for one of the songs on a show called 'Night Tracks' that used to air on the USA Network in the late 80's...
#3 | gdazegod on July 14 2008 11:47:52
Fine looking ladies indeed! cheerleader
#4 | reyno-roxx on June 10 2009 10:17:40
Meredith Brooks was in a mostly all girl band called Lips back home in Seattle in the early 80s. They released a single that I still have. Not bad stuff, but bad enough to prevent her record label from allowing me to interview her for 'Kerrang!' when 'Bitch' first hit when I stupidly let slip I knew more about her than the label did...
#5 | gdazegod on June 10 2009 14:28:31
Sounds like the label got a wee bit too precious me thinks.. Shock
 
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