The Rain Parade, Emergency Third Rail Power Trip

Ann Powers

By Ann Powers

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Emergency Third Rail Power Trip

The Rain Parade

The psychedelic era lasted much longer for some than for others, and this group of Los Angeles proto-Generation Xers took it all the way into the indie decade. David Roback, the band's hazy visionary, found fame later as the man behind Hope Sandoval in Mazzy Star. In Rain Parade, he and his mates indulged every dream of sunset-tinged '60s LA that a post-punk could hope for — fuzzy-gorgeous guitars, smoky harmonies and lyrics halfway between divine and deranged characterize this beautiful ride.