Saturday, 3 March 2018

T.S.O.L. - Change Today? 1984

Again snow overnight, brrr... Fuck Winter!!! Let's get comfortable with the third album by T.S.O.L. (True Sounds Of Liberty), formed 1978 in Long Beach by Jack (vocals), Ron (guitars), Mike (bass) and Todd (drums), released in 1984 through Enigma Records. Bradley Torreano of Allmusic remarks that Change Today? had "a different flair than the group had in the past. The guitars were gloomier and more focused, while Wood's melodramatic croon sharpened the whole affair into a unique L.A. goth sound." Allmusic's Robert Gabriel gave the album three stars out of five, saying that it "marked quite a stylistic twist for the band. Known up to that time as a hardcore punk outfit, T.S.O.L. suddenly became much more of a traditional rock group with more in common with The Doors than The Damned. All things considered, Change Today? is actually a fine album, most notable for its inspired songwriting and driving guitars. Well, I have nothing to add except a perfect album (with twenty nine minutes far too short), beautiful melodies and the request not postpone important things.

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