Despite the low-key packaging (plain black center-hole sleeve with no other info or inserts), Starvation Army's self-released "Ticket to Oblivion" 12-inch is a pretty good dose of solid late-'80s Cleveland rock, even if some of the quirky touches that made their two earlier 7"-ers on St. Valentine so great are missing. The few attempts at curveballs here end up wide of the mark-- the jazzy "Wildly Mispent", for instance-- but the rest is straight-ahead punk rock. Plus, one of Starvation Army's strong points was always Fraser Sims' vocal style, and here it's as hard to pin down as ever; try figuring out who he's trying to sound like, or if there's anyone else who sounds like him, and you'll just be left scratching your head. One of my favorite overlooked bands from the '80s, if you haven't already noticed.
Starvation Army -
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"I'm a Saint"