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Blue Spark
Venus, Meet The Moon (Good-Ink Records)

By: Alex Steininger

Following up their 1999 debut, the Transmitter EP, Blue Spark (who got their name from the X song, which you can find on 1982's Under The Big Black Sun) expand their ambition as they've grown exponentially in the past four years. Their full-length debut, Venus, Meet The Moon, blends the sound of early soul with warming pop, folk-pop, and even some gritty 70s rock 'n' roll. Where most bands would lose momentum in taking four years to follow up their debut, Blue Spark took the time and make good use of it. Front man Garth Reeves assembled a cast of friends and fellow musicians to flesh out his gorgeous songs and ensure they live and breath each time someone spins them. Goal accomplished, because Venus, Meet The Moon is a charming, enduring, and comforting piece of Northwest soul. The type of record you like the first time you hear it, and a year later, after constantly listening to it, fall completely in love with it as you discover it again - for the first time. I'll give it a B+.
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