Good Things

Good Things

Artist: Epic Soundtracks

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Format: CD
Label: DBK WORKS
Catalog: 113
Genre: Rock/Pop
Released: 05/24/2005
UPC: 646315011326

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Artist: Epic Soundtracks
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2. Sooner or Later
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3. Dedication
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4. I Got to Be Free
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5. Maybe You're Right
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6. Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
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7. Black Hole
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8. Roll the Stone
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9. House on the Hill
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10. Lot to Learn, A
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11. Cry a Tear
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12. You Better Run
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13. Untitled
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Reviews:

Like a benevolent ghost, English balladeer Epic Soundtracks speaks from beyond the grave, his sweet, soothing voice soaring over simple piano melodies. Soundtracks (born Kevin Paul Godfrey) died in 1997, but thanks to his older brother, Nikki Sudden, who discovered these tracks, his final work will live forever. In life, Soundtracks was obsessed with punk and power-pop; he formed the Swell Maps with Sudden and played in Crime and the City Solution, attracting adoration from a small but tight-knit group of fans that included Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. For his solo work, think Badly Drawn Boy-melancholic piano pop with a heart on its sleeve. Except, well, drawn better.

Good Things is clearly an unfinished work. Songs cut off before the last chord is played, leaving Soundtracks to good-naturedly chuckle and start the machine again. Most of the 14 tracks explore the world of power-pop, as defined by Big Star's Chris Bell and Alex Chilton. "You Better Run" builds on Chilton's "Holocaust" while "You've Got a Lot to Learn" revisits spiritual ground laid by Bell on "There Was a Light." And the mystery of Soundtracks' death-accidental overdose or deliberate suicide-leaves plenty of room for interpretation of the lyrical ambiguities crooned on "I Haven't Cried a Tear." Undoubtedly, pop aficionados in need of a new cult hero will discover Soundtracks' work a few decades hence. Until then, he belongs to the shadows.