ALBUM REVIEW: Vapors of Morphine – Fear and Fantasy | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 15.10.21







It takes courage to attempt to build on the colossal legacy Mark Sandman left behind when a tragic on-stage death stopped Morphine in their tracks in 1999, however, Vapors Of Morphine have done an impeccable job of assuming the mantle with grace, and Fear & Fantasy is a glorious testament to this.

Original members Dana Connelly and Jerome Deupree (albeit, only for the LP’s first side) further push Morphine’s trademark sound into newer, bolder frontiers, with frontman Jeremy Lyons brilliantly mirroring Sandman’s penchant for vivid melodies and gritty slide bass without reducing himself to a cookie-cutter tribute act, resulting in an LP is abundant in deep, cavernous melodies and dubbed-out splendour, and it makes for a rich world of sound.


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