Soundtrack Of Our Lives – Communion

January 01, 1970

(Yep Roc)


What was clearly
meant to a sprawling monument instead comes off feeling more bloated and
indulgent. For any listener whose beginning-to-end propensities haven’t yet
been lost in our newfangled age-of-the-single, the two-CD Communion‘s hit-or-miss first disc only serves to mar the taste
left by the album as a whole. And given that Disc No. 2 contains gems like the
instrumental caress of “Digitarian Riverbank” and the triumphant pop coaxed out
of “The Passover” – which relies almost entirely on rhythmic clatter,
group-sung refrain and organ wash – it’d be a shame to miss out on account of a
forgettable first act. But sadly, Communion,
like so many over-stuffed efforts before it, aims for a grand statement but
suffers for its lack of consistency and editing. What’s that saying? Always
leave ‘em wanting more.


Standout Tracks: “The Passover,” “Digitarian Riverbank”


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