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Soma City (016861897925)


  • 1. Lighthouse Keeper
    2. Amnesia
    3. Will
    4. Shot Down
    5. Forever Gone
    6. Diviner
    7. Falter
    8. Deeper Hole
    9. Resist
    10. Remain
    11. Ruin You
    12. In a Whisper
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 618 979

  • Credits
    ProducerNiko Bolas
    EngineerNiko Bolas

    Personnel: Kevin Salem, Todd Novak (vocals, guitar), Syd Straw (vocals); Dave Dunton (piano, organ); Scott Yoder (bass); Keith Levreault (drums, percussion).
    Recorded at Water Music, Hoboken, New Jersey.
    Formerly of the post-punk band Dumptruck, Kevin Salem steps forth with his first solo effort. Echoes of Neil Young, Tom Petty, Sticky Fingers-era Rolling Stones abound while adding guitar textures from the Pixies and Television. Sort of angst-into-energy rock, Soma City contains great songs with impressive catchy hooks. It's an album that gets better with each listen. ~ James Chrispell

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (1/26/95, pp.62-63) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...His solo debut--which bridges the gap between early Tom Petty and late Replacements--brims with guitar crunch and impassioned songcraft....SOMA CITY emits a kind of spontaneous urgency..."
    Entertainment Weekly (12/16/94, p.68) - "...[Kevin Salem] spins intelligent, poetic tales from the dark side of love--but with more muscular straight-ahead rock and a gruff Dylanesque nasality..." - Rating: B+
    Q (12/95, p.155) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...a startling solo debut. Steeped in `70s classic guitar rock...he adds the guitar textures of the Pixies, the pent-up anger of early Elvis Costello and the intensity of punk to his melodic, hard-hitting songs..."
    Alternative Press (1/95, p.64) - "...Salem's solo debut after a false start in 1992 is a classic bit of simple, folkish rock....Stuff like this you almost want to keep to yourself, but for Salem's sake, it should be heard by anyone who gives a damn about good records..."
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