The The / Mind Bomb

The first of Matt Johnson’s endeavors to feature a core band: namely guitarist Johnny Marr, drummer David Palmer, and bassist James Eller – Mind Bomb (1989) is a mind-blowing collection of harmonies, grooves, and riveting libretto.

Eller radiantly works the pocket with a deep, rich tone, doubling synth-motifs (“Gravitate to Me”), keeping it sparse and soulful (“Beyond Love’), and percolating in the lower register to bolster Marr and Johnson’s (“Armageddon Days,” “Violence of Truth,”) mesmerizing meld of melody and sonic counterpoint.