big, it's scary / It's been done before," mutters
Janet LaValley ominously on the title track of this
groovy LP, offering an accurate if incomplete summary
of her combo. The lush melodies emanate from easy-listening
heaven, but Eric Brosius's guitar burns with anguish.
The creamy vocal harmonies and three-dimensional arrangements
encourage headlong escapism; the desperation of the
lyrics reveals a world of pain.
Don't worry. Abort's
unsettling vignettes of misery and degradation are rendered
with enough style to keep cheesy melodrama to a minimum.
The thundering "Daddy's Home" offer's a kid's-eye
view of a boozy pop, while "Payphone" quietly
unmasks a violent boyfriend. Elsewhere, thrill to the
agony of alienation ("Easter Dinner"), the
stupidity of decadence ("Joyride (I Saw The Film)"),
and plenty of old-fashioned loneliness ("Tied"
et al.). Singer LaValley's occasional tendency to over
act, coupled with Tribe's confident grooves, suggests
the band could slide into pompous self-importance with
out adult supervision. Right now, however its aim is