Always a Pleasure

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All Music Guide - Ted Alvarez
The fact that Compound Red were even able to make an album after the departure of longtime lead singer John Lyman is a testament to their durability; new singer Greg Steffke has an earnest, choir boy-ish voice that pushes the band even closer to the emo sound espoused by their Milwaukee contemporaries and friends the Promise Ring. Nearly all of the songs have a melodic, mildly catchy lilt with the occasional harder rock & roll breakdown. Herein lies the album's biggest drawback: nearly all of the songs sound the same; the yearning, pleading guitars repeat over and over, and Dave Henderleiter continues his marshal, almost militaristic drumming style throughout. None of ...
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All Music Guide - Ted Alvarez
The fact that Compound Red were even able to make an album after the departure of longtime lead singer John Lyman is a testament to their durability; new singer Greg Steffke has an earnest, choir boy-ish voice that pushes the band even closer to the emo sound espoused by their Milwaukee contemporaries and friends the Promise Ring. Nearly all of the songs have a melodic, mildly catchy lilt with the occasional harder rock & roll breakdown. Herein lies the album's biggest drawback: nearly all of the songs sound the same; the yearning, pleading guitars repeat over and over, and Dave Henderleiter continues his marshal, almost militaristic drumming style throughout. None of this is inherently bad; it's just repetitive. They clearly have the over-earnest emo/math rock thing down, but one wishes they could grow beyond that song structure. As a stand-alone album, Always a Pleasure serves as a sort of background music emo record; the songs don't leap out at you, but are pleasant and accomplished enough to float by in the background. "Volcano Kisses" is the notable exception: with a hushed verse and exploding chorus, Compound Red use their strengths to make one standout song to break up the homogeneity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/1998
  • Label: Desoto
  • UPC: 643859725023
  • Catalog Number: 25

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Versus the Ocean (3:49)
  2. 2 Return (3:29)
  3. 3 Goodbye to Paris (3:15)
  4. 4 Volcano Kisses (3:29)
  5. 5 Sway (2:55)
  6. 6 Color of Contrast (4:28)
  7. 7 Cancel the Sound (4:07)
  8. 8 Sky (3:25)
  9. 9 Moments Linger the Speed So Slow (4:32)
  10. 10 The Learning Curve (7:07)
  11. 11 Art of Building (5:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Compound Red Primary Artist
Mike Allen Guitar
Hilary Soldati Cello
Andy Reis Bass, Cello
Dave Henderleiter Percussion, Drums
Jim Minor Guitar, Keyboards
Greg Steffke Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
J. Robbins Producer, Engineer
John Reis Composer
Hilary Soldati Cello Arrangement
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