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Lucky Soul

One Kiss Don't Make a Summer

(Ruffa Lane; US: Available as import; UK: 3 Sep 2007)

The fifth single from Lucky Soul’s breakthrough debut album The Great Unwanted was the right way to close out the summer, or to pretend that it hasn’t left us yet, with a bright pop song—in 50s “girl group” style—about the sad wake behind a summer romance. It’s flashy fun at first and convincingly sad the more you listen. On the flip-side is the intriguing “That Hollywood Glow”, a slow-burner of relaxed drama. Singer Ali Howard sounds calm but desperate: “Don’t know how long I can run this fast / every minute might be the last,” she sings. The two songs together are a nice demonstration of the grasp this up-and-coming band has on songcraft and performance.

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Dave Heaton has been writing about music on a regular basis since 1993, first for unofficial college-town newspapers and DIY fanzines and now mostly on the Internet. In 2000, the same year he started writing for PopMatters, he founded the online arts magazine ErasingClouds.com, still around but often in flux. He writes music reviews for the print magazine The Big Takeover. He is a music obsessive through and through. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.


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