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  • Le Jardin de Heavenly [K, 1992] **
  • P.U.N.K. Girl [K, 1993] A-
  • The Decline and Fall of Heavenly [K, 1994] **
  • Heavenly Versus Satan [K, 2001] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Le Jardin de Heavenly [K, 1992]
shambolic sweethearts ("C Is the Heavenly Option," "Tool") **

P.U.N.K. Girl [K, 1993]
A sometime Pooh Stick and four inept-plus friends (three male, if you're counting) combine the K aesthetic--five mild-sounding ditties catchier than K's more-amateur-than-it-knows norm--with the Kill Rock Stars ethos--two of them about date rape. I wish aesthetic or ethos allowed for clearer vocals--would like to hear Melanie's dreams before the deed was done, and wonder whether p.u.n.k. really stands for "painful ways" as well as "utopia-""new jeans"-"kid in her." Too often budget is a concept that encompasses aesthetic and ethos. A-

The Decline and Fall of Heavenly [K, 1994]
nice quiet girl asserts herself--quietly, but you can hear her talking ("Me and My Madness," "Three Star Compartment") **

Heavenly Versus Satan [K, 2001] Dud