LID “Submarine Devotion”
(Sorted/Lavender Sweep)

This is an excellent career retrospective album compiling various 7” and cassette releases by a band from Leicester, England that was active in the mid-90s. Stylistically, the music is on the continuum of Velvet Underground--New Wave --Alternative. What I like most about it is its guilelessness. It sounds pure, it exists self-sufficiently, and if I listen with an open heart, I feel connected to a spirit of fun and freedom and beauty. Occasionally they touch the fringe of dorkiness with the acoustic guitar/bongo sound, but the very fact that these elements weren’t suppressed on the retrospective album is evidence of the raw-dog purity of this music. I was reminded of Cleaners from Venus and Teenage Fanclub. Good stuff, great songwriting.

--Kevin Oliver