Elysa Gardner
January 25, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

Fatal Joy

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
IRS
genre
Pop

We gave it a B-

Gritty vocals, gentle acoustic arrangements enlivened by horns and various Celtic-sounding instruments (fiddle, low whistle, Uillean pipes), lyrical reflections on rites of passage (falling in love, leaving home, facing death): The recipe in Fatal Joy reveals the strong influence of Van Morrison. 29 Palms is certainly not the first band to be inspired by Morrison, though, and groups like Hothouse Flowers have captured the warmth and spirit of his music far more effectively than this English duo does on their sometimes touching but basically unexceptional debut. B-

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