This Picture - A Violent Impression

Sunday 1st December 1991
This Picture - A Violent Impression

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Dedicated 002

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

With "Naked Rain" one of the most haunting songs ever to storm the protective chart music walls of One FM, This Picture have finally emerged from the limitations of enjoying a 'cult following1 to something bigger. Big favourites with the Greenbelt committee (even to the extent of using lead singer's Symon Bye's photo in their 1990 publicity poster when the band didn't appear at the festival!) This Picture are now beginning to sell records. They deserve to. Their's is an eerily emotive sound as captivatingly fresh as anything currently in pop/rock music though on a couple of tracks, the ethereal influence of "Joshua Tree" U2 clings a little too close while the occasional nod to Big Country still peeps through. But under the sure hand of Kevin Moloney (Sinead's "Lion & Cobra", Fairground Attraction etc) the band produce a shimmeringly hypnotic musical soundscape while Symon's hypnotic vocals and total consciousness lyrics, though not to everyone's tastes, are one of most compelling sounds in 90s rock.

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