I was pretty jazzed to stumble on this album a few months ago for a couple of reasons. First, Jamie Hoover from power pop demigods the Spongetones produced about half of this disk, and secondly Eight or Nine Feet hailed from the very fertile North Carolina indie rock scene of their era, that being the late '80s. On many levels, Resolution didn't disappoint, but when the rubber met the road I realized my expectations were a bit high. A Raleigh-based quartet, Eight of Nine Feet were too linear to be lumped in with the вЂњNew SouthвЂ� crop, rather they tilted vaguely in the direction of the Connells and Miracle Legion. At their most inviting, вЂњKeep Your Eyes PeeledвЂ� plays like the second cousin to REMвЂ™s вЂњHarborcoat,вЂ� but even that selection didn't quite bear the edginess I had been holding out for on the album as a whole. The swift and twangy as-all-get-out hoedown, вЂњLake TahoeвЂ� closes Resolution out on a decidedly different tip than itвЂ™s ten preceding cuts.
As often is the case, Trouser Press has their say on this artifact, and reveals that the band had a tape out prior to this wax dubbed Flint, which I would imagine is pretty impossible to come by at this stage in the game. As a side note, guitarist Bo Taylor parlayed his talents to a pair of regional outfits in the early '90s, and Motocaster, who I've delved into previously on these pages, to one extent or another.
01. Step Into the Light 02. Laugh Within You 03. Lesser of Evils 04. Revlolving Door 05. Opry 06. Home 07. Sway (Time Away) 08. Keep Your Eyes Peeled 09. Another Night (Are You Sure) 10. Rescue 11. Lake Tahoe