Barracudas include: Jeremy Gluck (vocals); Robin Wills.
Additional personnel includes: Chris Wilson.
Recorded in 1984.
ENDEAVOR TO PERSEVERE has the unfortunate fate of following the classic Barracudas LP MEAN TIME. A fine album in its own right, the 1984 release doesn't quite measure up to its predecessor. With a solid lineup returning and Chris Wilson perhaps more integrated into the band, the playing here is wonderful, with chiming 12-strings once again the order of the day. No doubt, the first two tracks stand up with anything on MEAN TIME, but after that it's a little uneven. "Dealing With Today" is swirling, jangly, and poetic. "Nothing's getting any easier/I heard my best friend say," sets the tone for the album (and for life if you live in reality). Gluck goes on, "He keeps everything for himself/He don't give nothing away." Track two, "Leaving Home Again," could just make the room start spinning on you, with exquisite "ahhhs" behind Gluck's near-shouted vocal. "Song for Lorraine" is another winner, with dual vocal tracks -- one in each ear. From there, though, the pickings get a little slim. "Black Snake," which sounds like it could've been written for Roky Erickson and the Aliens, easily makes the grade, and there is some nice straight-ahead English folk-type stuff to be found, but basically you need this only after you've been blown away by MEAN TIME.