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One of Our Girls Has Gone Missing

Angela Conway, a.k.a. A.C.Marias is well known for her work in the world of video, not least for directing the bulk of Wire's promotional videos. However, she also released a couple of curiosity items on the Dome label in the early 1980s, along with this album, which is also co-produced and co-written by Bruce Gilbert.

The bulk of the album is a delicate mix of drum machine patterns, simple guitar loops and Conway's ghostly vocals. Lyrically, the album is strong with some intriguing stories, none more engrossing than One of Our Girls which tells of the disappearance of a childhood hero, 'One of our girls has gone missing. We've heard she's left. So where do we go now? It feels like theft.' In fact, this is by far the best piece on the album and gives the album a much-needed edge, as does the crunchy, guitar-drenched Give Me. Many of the remaining tracks are pleasant, if not outstanding. While rarely thoroughly engaging, this is a thoughtful, elegant album.

Craig Grannell (1998)

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