TRIPPING BACK INTO THE BROKEN DAYS
ALBUM PROJEKT RELEASE: JULY
9, 2002 REVIEW: JULY 19, 2002
ending their self-imposed retirement of two and one half years ago, we
find Lycia once more alive and well for a time. With their new work "Tripping
Back into the Broken Days", we certainly find Lycia mainstay Mike
Vanportfleet in a much more introspective and intense mood. This has to
be the most focused and clearly defined album by Lycia since 1991's masterpiece
songs on this album are composed of acoustic guitar, keyboards, odd sound
effects here and there and some pristinely recorded vocals. Vanportfleet
has never sounded so wraith-like as he does here. The lyrics are glimpses
of their move from Ohio back to the Arizona desert which gave birth to
Lycia back in 1988. With titles such as "Grey December Desert Day",
"Broken Days" and "Vacant Winter Day" you get a feeling
of wistful abandonment to one's fate. Indeed, an almost giddy premonition
of disappointment and discontent abounds in bloom on this album.
are some happier spots provided by Lycia's other half Tara Vanportfleet.
Most notably, "Cat & Dog" which ends with the refrain "and
we are fine, and we are fine". This dispels the somewhat melancholy
feel that dominates "Tripping Back...". The progression of Tara's
voice over the years (she joined in 1995) has been nothing short of a
revelation. She really sounds amazing on this release, fully-formed and
purposeful in her delivery and subject matter. It makes one forgive her
for the forgettable solo album she put out a couple of years back. Clearly,
she has evolved beautifully as a vocalist and along with Mike's wonderfully
raspy vocalizing and crystalline guitar work, I can only sing the highest
praises for their triumphant return to the world.
Welcome back, Lycia!