The Strawberry Alarm Clock - The World In A Sea Shell 1968 (2005) Flac
The third long-player from Strawberry Alarm Clock
runs the gamut of pop music. This unfortunately detracts from the
album's cohesion instead of unifying it. As with their previous release Wake Up...It's Tomorrow, The World in a Sea Shell
offers a few criminally overlooked tracks. However, for the most part,
the contents vacillate between the saccharine sweetness of the mid-tempo
opening track "Sea Shell" and the overly orchestrated "An Angry Young
Man" and "Home Sweet Home." Any cohesive momentum from the first two LPs
has seemingly been discarded for the external input of different
writers. Increasingly, the band began to turn externally for material.
This was partially due to pressures from producers Bill Holmes and Frank Slay, who brought in Roy Freeman to write lyrics for the band because -- in the words of bassist and composer George Bunnell -- "they thought we were awful at it." Contributions also come from the somewhat unlikely team of Carole King and Toni Stern. "Blues for a Young Girl Gone" and "Lady of the Lake" are akin to the stuff the pair was concurrently writing for the likes of the Monkees. Both suffer the double-edged sword of having such a strong voice written into them. They end up sounding more like the Mike Curb Congregation
than any of the other material on the disc. Saving the album are the
kitschy "Barefoot in Baltimore," as well as the lost rock & roll
masterpiece "Love Me Again" -- a spirited number that could easily be
mistaken for a discarded Buffalo Springfield track. The latter features the return of the classic Strawberry Alarm Clock
noir vibe -- replete with haunting vocal harmonies, over-amped fuzz
guitar leads, and harpsichord-drenched accents that drive the tune front
to back. The fitting "Eulogy" is a final group effort and draws on the
same strengths as "Pretty Song from Psych-Out" and "The Curse of the
Witches" from Wake Up...It's Tomorrow.
Nice album of the Clock. Hope you enjoy.