Reading writing and arithmetic album

The Sundays never again recaptured the heights of their debut record, fading slowly into obscurity as the world they inhabited gave way to the brash, confident swagger of Britpop.

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Gavarin is an underrated guitarist who crafted nearly as many memorable hooks as frequent subject of comparison Johnny Marr, and beyond his keen ear for composition, his guitar playing perfectly balances with Harriet's singing.

Like Liz Fraser and Dolores O'Riordan, Wheeler's vocals transfer effortlessly from a fragile whisper to a passionate shriek, taking often simple melodies and leading them on a merry dance across her whole impressive range.

The eternal debate society of the college dorm is on full display. The rhythm section does a stellar job on this song.

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Speaking of clever, The Sundays nailed the internecine battle of flat sharing politics in college on the song I Won. Speculating about how we would spend our imaginary lottery winnings or windfalls.

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Her lyrics carefully-composed and often clever, taking unexpected turns, and these elements all converge to achieve a wistful, romantic quality rarely found in indie rock, where ironic detachment and sourness are more common. The final message of the song is that life is fleeting take advantage of following your own path while you can. There are many reasons for their success but it all boils down to the stellar talents at the helm of the band, David Gavurin and Harriet Wheeler. It's not just her ability as a singer, or even her voice, itself. Though Wheeler and Gavarin tended to get most of the attention, the rhythm section deserves compliments as well. Hope springs eternal. Its distance from the cynicism and detachment of modern independent music make Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic an album that's immediately charming in its honesty and appreciation of simple beauty.

The lyrics are seething but the song again proves Harriet Wheeler could sing the news coverage of the end of the world and it would sound wondrous. The band, fortunately, hit the sweet spot of arriving at a time when a new decade was dawning and suddenly from the ruins of the last musical decade The Sundays emerged and were in parts The Smiths and the Cocteau Twins all in one.

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Expounding on the pressures to choose correctly and immediately when it might be best to take a pause. Hope springs eternal. For better or worse The Sundays conveyed their total unconcern for passing trends or fads in the highly volatile UK music scene. Those first vocals were all you needed to indicate you were in for something special. The thought follows through to trying to figuring out who we would take along on our ride to fame and riches. Speculating about how we would spend our imaginary lottery winnings or windfalls. They were messing about with songwriting and prose when the idea of a band first became a possibility. While Reading, Writing And Arithmetic is perhaps a little too fey and lightweight to warrant true classic status, it is nevertheless a sweet, beguiling piece of work that is utterly of its time, yet still fresh and enjoyable today. Curiously, Mike Kinsella, in speaking about American Football, cited the band as an influence, in spirit if not exactly in style. The disc kicked off with Skin and Bone starting off like someone dropped a sonic bomb.

A Certain Someone is a daydream of sorts that many of us use to get us through our day. But the most distinctive ingredient about the Sundays was always Harriet Wheeler's voice, which positions the group as a kind of missing link between the ethereal soundscapes of the Cocteau Twins and the more chart-friendly indie-pop of The Cranberries.

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Reading, Writing and Arithmetic