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Andy Waltzer
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Andy Waltzer About 30 years ago I walked home from school and found Radio Caroline by Area had been mailed to me from Office Records. It's still a mystery as to why, but it started a love that still lasts. Haunting, beautiful, atmospheric, poetic music with the singular lyrical style & voice of Lynn Canfield, along with a Harold Budd meets Vini Reilly blanket of sound. Special music. Needed beauty. Favorite track: Michael Writes His Parents.
Gary Figueroa
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Gary Figueroa When I was introduced to Area, my friend knew that I would be enraptured by Lynn Canfield's gorgeous vox. He was right. The band creates a beautiful brooding, ethereal and melancholy sound that sets them uniquely apart from the overwhelming number of Cocteau Twins wannabe try'ers too hard to make a musical statement for lunch bunch. Nothing derivative here. Still as fresh today as it was in the late 80s. Gorgeous, gorgeous music where I'm happy owning this compilation.

Favorite track: With Louise.
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Anyway 03:57
Dry Spell 04:52
Parachute 03:42
Sympathy 03:58
Filled 04:25
This One 03:28
With Louise 04:01
All There Is 05:10
Tunnel 03:07
Copper 04:44


"Effortlessly seductive, reducing odd syllables to a whisper, a sense of calm weeping from every note in spite of the articulation of loss and loneliness, confusion and incomprehension, fears and pains, yearnings and soft burnings . . . The album is a triumph of minimalism, dreamscapes gently stirred to pale life through the gentle fingering of fretboards and keyboards . . . Grasping at clouds and clinging to Gabriel's frayed gown. A wonder." (MELODY MAKER)

Area began in 1985 as an experiment in ethereal and ambient dream pop when Steve Jones asked Lynn Canfield and Henry Frayne to participate in a recording project. Agate Lines collects some of their best-loved recordings, from the hypnotic "Anyway" to the driving "All About Money" and the elegiac "With Louise." The material is culled from Area's five studio albums, and includes tracks that have not appeared elsewhere. Following Area, Lynn and Henry formed another band, The Moon Seven Times, which recorded three albums for Third Mind / Roadrunner; eventually disbanding in 1998. Lynn then formed Shotgun Wedding, with Brendan Gamble (also of M7x) and others; while Henry records under the name Lanterna, and signed with Rykodisc for an album. Shotgun Wedding disbanded, and Lynn is now writing and touring in Lynn Canfield & Hot Tub Party. Steve continues his work with the Arms of Someone New.


released July 7, 1989


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