TUESDAY APRIL 19TH

The first album from this Long Island (New York)-based ensemble was a tuneful and ambitious collection of psychedelic folk-rock tricked out with polished harmonies and arrangements featuring elaborate horn and string charts. If anything, Tuesday, April 19 often sounds a bit too elaborate for its own good; the arrangements certainly reflect the trippy, philosophic bent of Gene Stashuk's lyrics (which also suggest a Christian undertow), but fairly often they also tend to overpower them, and on these sessions the Unspoken Word sound more like a studio project than an organic group with a personality of its own. The irony is this has a great deal to do with the precision with which the Unspoken Word play their music; Angus MacMaster's keyboard work is especially impressive, with a striking dynamic sense, and vocalist Dede Puma would have done any number

of Broadway musicals proud with her rich, expertly modulated instrument. On tunes like "After the Before," the Unspoken Word sound a bit like the Free Design after an acid trip and a couple semesters of philosophy class, and while that might sound like damning the Unspoken Word with faint praise, the truth is few bands embraced the psychedelic philosophy while maintaining a composer's fine control over their music the way the Unspoken Word did on Tuesday, April 19. If the two sides don't always mesh perfectly, fans of oddities of the psychedelic era will doubtless find this to be intriguing stuff. [Fallout's 2007 CD reissue of Tuesday, April 19 includes four bonus tunes that previously appeared only on singles, including the atmospheric "Boy" and a surprising slice of prime sunshine pop, "On a Beautiful Day."]

Mark Deming, All Music Guide


This Long Island band's beloved folk-psych debut originally appeared in 1968. A wonderfully melodic distillation of classic pop tunes, introspective lyrics and glorious femme vocals...

Best described as sophisticated folk rock with touches of psychedelia, the ten songs which make up the album are all originals. The album's opening song, "Anniversary of My Mind", features some excellent guitar work, surreal lyrics & a compelling eastern drone sound likely provided by a tamboura. "For the World" closes with a heartbeat which leads into the next song, "Waking Up", which again features some great bass and guitar work with excellent lead vocals. Other highlights include "Moving Day", "After the Before", and the beautiful "Flock of Birds".

Largely, it's the excellent instrumentation and arrangement of the music which make it so appealing. This combined with fine original material makes for a very enjoyable listening experience. The entire album has a very special mood and atmosphere, best described as the expression of lament and disillusion. The album captures the mood of a person trying in vain to smile while inside they are feeling deep pain. This mood was possibly best expressed by one of the lyrics from "Moving Day": "When mother died, I sat and cried…for days that had passed us by, days when I'd told her lies". Possibly intended as a concept album of sorts, a common theme throughout the album is that of childhood and the disillusion of growing up. Nearly every song touches upon this theme.
The album is excellent overall and has yet to be reissued either on CD or vinyl. It is now beginning to be recognised by collectors as a classic work of psychedelia which no collection should be without...



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