Now playing:: Dream Syndicate’s reissue of Medicine Show


Early in the summer I spoke of my excitement about the reissue of Dream Syndicate’s 1984 classic album, Medicine Show. Considering the amount of play its gotten over the last few months its no doubt lived up to my hopes. Furthermore its rejuvenated an old love for an album I hadn’t heard in some years, but once logged heavy time on my player.  I’ll skip all the obligatory flavorful adjectives because Medicine Show is a lot of grey shades with no neon to be found anywhere. Steve Wynn states in the liner notes that there are no songs about love, no jangling pop, lots of fuzz and a resulting album that is unique in comparison to any of its contemporaries.  In agreeance, what stands out with each listen is the unique head space this album puts me in; leaving me happily impaired by Wynn’s cigarette / alcohol singed delivery and Karl Precoda’s always spot on resonating guitar accompaniment.

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