Picks and Pans Review: Teenage Symphonies to God

updated 08/15/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/15/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Velvet Crush

Choirboy harmonies, swelling choruses, fey romantic lyrics and loud-yet-melodic guitars—it sounds like Velvet Crush thinks their competition is the Beatles and the Byrds, not Biohazard and the Beastie Boys. On their second album (and their first for a major label), this Rhode Island trio looks back to the '60s for inspiration and comes up with sweet-rocking pop songs. "Faster Days" and "Time Wraps Around You" would sound swell in any decade. Even the group's version of "Why Not Your Baby" (an obscure gem by the late ex-Byrd Gene Clark) is everything a country-rock ballad should be. The members of Velvet Crush say they view songcraft as a sacred thing and, indeed, there is something divine about the group's pristine yet spirited approach to guitar pop. (550 Music/Epic)

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