This album came recommended to by virtue of it's hefty jangle presence. True, New York's Alter Boys baked plenty of ringing chords into the cake they dubbed Soul Desire, but that's that facet doesn't purvey itself as their dominant feature. In fact, I'm not sure if there is a "predominant feature," so to speak, occupying these ten grooves. The image of the scruffy, young nerf herders adorning the album sleeve belie a band that's (at least a little) wise beyond their years, pumping out taught, left-of-the-dial pop-rockers. I'm not sure if the clean, airtight production job (courtesy of Dictators alum Andy Shernoff) does the Alter Boys justice. In fact, I had a perfectly valid reason to be suspect upon later hearing a pre-Soul Desire a-side, "Piles" which I'm including as a bonus. That 1986 track, which plays like early U2 by way of Minneapolis, is fantastically raw, stirring and altogether endearing, whereas ...Desire requires a little more patience. Download, unzip, listen, and you'll see precisely what I mean.
01. One Step Ahead of the Rain 02. One Eye Only 03. Sweet Blossom Mary 04. Staring at the Walls 05. Beautiful World 06. Daily Word 07. Put Me In Another Head 08. Mid-Winter Deathtrip 09. Dry-out Center 10. All I Remember bonus: Piles