Tuesday, January 18, 2011

CD Review: Mike Viola - Lurch

Being independent since 2005, Mike Viola's Lurch was available first as limited CD with only 1000 copies. It was also downloadable for free directly from Mike for a short time to share it around the world.
The album combines wonderful harmonies and songwriting resulting in simply addictive songs.

A short song by song review:

The opening track is "Maybe, Maybe Not" - there's one line ("I put my heart into it") which is the key to the whole record.
"Girly Worm" - a love song for a girly worm. Having myself a girly worm around, I love it and its lyrics.
"All Bent Out of Shape" is very much Candy Butchers and leads straight to my first personal highlight, "The Strawberry Blonde". As soon as the intro starts I'm trapped in this song. Just perfect, it's a song you simply can't turn off or stop listening, and it just brightens up your mood. It's uptempo, with wonderful harmonies, multi-layered sound and chorus.
It's slowing it down with the heartfelt and nice ballad "Dangerously Close".
"279 East 10th Street". A song about moving. About an address. And a classic pop song.
"It Comes in Waves" has a heavy burden, though being another very good song, it's followed by "So Much Better". Everytime I listen "Waves" I know what comes next. "So Much Better" is another or maybe THE killer tune of the record. With a length of just 1:50 min, it's get stuck in your head (for me: it never left).
"Snowman in Tompkins Park" - a lovely ballad about hotel mood and yearning. I love the harmonies at "I can't wait to see you again".
"When I Hold You in My Arms" - oh, a song with clapping along. Like it!
"Good Ideas Grow On Trees" - the official album closes with this truly beautiful ballad (with a beautiful video, sadly it's not on youtube anymore).

And now for the bonus: Buying the Japanese CD or the vinyl, you get three bonus songs. While bonus songs often having a B-side touch, these are the exact opposite. Many artists would create a whole record with these as key tracks: "Find Somebody To Love", "Something Electric" and "Motel Mood". So sad only few people are able to listen to them.

Final comment: There is only one bad thing about this album: it's too short! The three vinyl bonus songs are at least as good as the other songs on the album. But even without these songs you can't resist to this CD. And you won't find even one filler song there. Definitely one of my top three records of all time.

You can buy Lurch digital on CD and vinyl (vinyl includes also a mp3 download and the bonus disc) here.

Please listen here:


  1. I love "Lurch". It is one of my favorite albums. I wish I could by those bonus tracks without having to shell out for th import CD.

  2. How about buying the vinyl? You'll get the vinyl LP, the bonus 7" and all the track (with the bonus songs) as mp3 download for 10$?