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Par Crone

by The Luck of Eden Hall

"A full dose of psychedelic rock!" -In The Mix magazine "Hopelessly out of fashion or very close to visionary." -Marty Behm / Illinois Entertainer
Genre: Rock: Space Rock
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1. We Come
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2. Watching You
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3. Hypnotized
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4. Sunny Girlfriend
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5. Arp Angel
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6. Ophelia
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7. Cronosynclastic Infundibellum
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8. Solid Space
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Album Notes
The Luck of Eden Hall celebrates the fifteen-year anniversary of Curvey’s space rock album, Par Crone! Recorded at Sparrow studios in Chicago on 16-track tape, produced by Patrick Halliwell and Curvey, this CD was originally released in 1997 on Northport Records. It features eight songs, including Sunny Girlfriend and Ophelia, which were both regulars in The Luck of Eden Hall’s live set in the 90’s, as well as the rip roaring Arp Angel and the synthetic space jam Cronosynclastic Infundibellum. “A full dose of psychedelic rock!” –In The Mix magazine "Hopelessly out of fashion or very close to visionary." -Marty Behm


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Par Crone
Melodic Riff-Rock with good Hendrix influenced guitar. The fine 72s feeling comes back to mind;-)

Mr. Atavist

Par Crone: Par Crone
The Luck of Eden Hall pillar Curvey’s ’space rock’ album, Par Crone, sees the light of day for its 15th anniversary. Recorded in Chicago, Par Crone is a tasty, crunchy time capsule nugget not only for ’97, but for fans of The Luck of Eden Hall. Par Crone’s self-titled isn’t a dry run for LOEH; it’s a complete platter birthed from Curvey’s brain and fingers that stands on its own, but is also a link in the LOEH chain. Where LOEH layers the psych frosting on the rock, Par Crone puts a little more weight on the rock, but the ‘popped psychedelic rock and rollisms’ are still there. Curvey’s pop savvy is all over Par Crone, this time in a bit tougher, glossier exterior; a bit stadium rock, think a bit prime Cheap Tricky like guitar on stun and whole lot of riffs. Par Crone certainly sounds of its time with the crunch and the production, but the hooks are there and in true Curvey fashion, they’re sweet, rocking, free of cynicism and stick to your ribs. LOEH isn’t disposable in their confections, and neither was Par Crone; the sugar intake, and exhaust, never reaches overdose either. Some of the synths and laser-beam flashes may lock Par Crone to its release date, but a little time travel goes a long way and 15 years later much of it sounds like a breath of fresh air.

Alan Papier

Par Crone
When human beings colonize the Moon, Mars, and subsequent celestial bodies, we're going to need some new anthems, outer space conquering anthems. Par Crone offers up an album full of potential candidates. The songs take the form of stadium guitar rock, bubbling with spaceship, laser gun sound effects. If these songs aren't adopted as the score for the space program, then I'll take them as a full dose of psychedelic rock.
Par Crone has melted from the polar ice caps of Greg Curvey's mind. He is responsible for the full scope of Par Crone's sound: Vocals, guitars, bass, synths and production. He also came up with the hand drawn art in the packaging. Joe Furlong plays drums and cymbals on the self titled album.
The music moves along at a brisk pace, combining elements of the Beatles and Pink Floyd with the mastery of layered synth effects. The analog tape used in the recording lends a vintage authenticity to these songs, tricking the listener into thinking that Par Crone was in the studio 25 years ago. As a result, the effects blend into the sonic landscape as opposed to decimating it. On "We Come", the album is opened with acoustic strumming and an electric chorus, thick with swirling bleeps off the dashboard of the starship Icarus. The music never gets too heavy as to be intimidating, but it is mighty enough to induce some mild head banging. The summit track, "Arp Angel". catches a tight, dashing groove over a rolling, gelatinous synth bass before losing itself into an implosion of sounds and a wicked guitar solo. "Watching You" and "hypnotized" are highlights of the energetic rock that Par Crone does so well.

Marty Behm

Par Crone
Do you remember the scene in Animal House where John Belushi grandstands mindlessly about how "the Nazis invaded Pearl Harbor"? Well, there's something similarly entertaining about the way Par Crone, by completely ignoring subtlety and current trends, launch a seemingly misguided attack on modern hard rock.
The self-titled debut by this local rock band is a classic rock nugget in every sense, with hair-metal vocals layered with huge guitar riffs and cheesy prog-rock synthesizers in songs so bloated and preposterous they're almost impossible to ignore. From the power ballad opener "We Come" toe the "Higher Ground" chug of "Sunny Girlfriend" to the feedback-drenched "Cronosynclastic Infundibellum," singer-guitarist Greg Curvey makes sure there's something here for everybody, provided everybody was raised on late '70s and early-'80s FM radio.
If you're too cool for hand-me-downs, though, you're liable to miss out on Curvey's surprisingly deft pop touch hidden beneath the metal sheen of his and Patrick Halliwell's production. The big riffs on songs like "Arp Angel" may grab you, but it's the song's melody that will stick in your head the longest.
It's hard to say whether Curvey and Par Crone are hopelessly out of fashion or very close to visionary on this record. Let's hope these guys trust their own hunches on what rock should sound like instead of following the masses toward cookie cutter anonymity.