Home : Issues I-VIII

Lo-fi band, not troubled superclub

Home : Issues I-VIII

3 / 10 All the tracks on 'Issues I-VIII' were originally issued as a series of $1 tapes between 1991-94 by these American lo-fi titans whom the acutely knowledgable may know are up to album number 'XIV' now. On the upside for Home, obsessive Grandaddy/Sebadoh fans will see some enlightening parallels in their ability to sneakily replicate the better bits of the Neil Young songbook on a budget of about 5p.








Buried beneath the crackle, 'Learning To Behave' and 'Only Daughter Of A Saltmine' are feasible pop classics rendered unlistenable by primitive technology. On the downside, the sad thing is that lo-fi as a genre has all too often been an excuse for indifferent songwriters to conceal their dearth of ideas behind a wall of tape-hiss.








Their subsequent career has shown that Home - like Lou Barlow and Smog - are sane enough chaps who only really achieved anything of worth once they had the budget to put their musical ideas into practice.








For some, 'Issues I-VIII' will


be a brutally honest view of a band in transition. For the rest of us, it's just a shambling disappointment.








Jim Wirth

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