Heartbreak Girl/I Feel So Lonesome (I’m Blue For You)
Holy Are You
I have absolutely no problem with a band wearing their influences on its sleeve as long as they inject a little of themseles into the proceedings, or least drive the point home by sheer “I really mean it” exuberance; this band does neither. The Lucid Dream is clearly mining the shoegaze/drone format that’s heavily favoured by “the kids” today and it’s a style that tends to bore me to tears when it becomes too derivative.
‘Heartbreak Girl’ isn’t a bad song and makes some interesting twists and turns but relies way too heavily on aping The Jesus & Mary Chain. In the interim the band appears to have abandoned the idea of having a personality of its own. The flip seems to be a stab at a lysergic Roky Erickson/Elevators type ballad which really falls short of the mark, marred further by the singer’s overly psychedelic warbling.
Eric Colin Reidelberger