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Total Copies: 2
Label: Atlantic / Wea
Release Date: 4/12/1990
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
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marmbru | Raleigh, NC | 09/16/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Origin's debut album is a pretty good collection of melodic college rock tunes circa 1990. "I'm not Growing Old", driven by a simple piano riff, is a pleasant hummable update to "My Generation", and it got some US college radio airplay. "November Days" is also a catchy, somewhat slower, tune. The band followed up this release with "Bend" around 1992, which is more much drug-induced sounding affair -- in fact, the change in the band is kind of like how Radiohead and Blur have 'evolved'. After that point, the Origin appears to have fallen into complete obscurity. Even the Internet, which has encouraged a resurgence of interest in many old bands, has little available information about the band. I mean, if Corey Hart can still have fansites, the Origin deserves at least one. "Growing Old" deserves a place on some well-meaning compilation of late 80s/early 90s college rock, and someday it might be considered a cult classic, like "Nuggets" has down for 60s garage rock."
Great debut for short-lived band.
Escapist | NYC, USA | 05/07/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A West Coast gem of a band.
The Origin's radio-friendly "alternative"/pop/acoustic rock sound made their self-titled debut album so sweet and catchy.
Some very well written music and lyrics with some occassionally over-produced tracks, this album is innocent and hopeful and also sad at times without being corny.
Oddly enough, had they got the proper exposure they would've been a lot more successful in both the "alternative" college radio scene and Top 40 / MTV.
It's a damn shame that they only put out one another great album after this. It's just as good but with a more psychedelic sound to it as the trend dictacted at the time.
Buy it and enjoy!"