Nobody has encapsulated the British vision of a fabled America better than Chris Rea with his amazing The Road To Hell (1989). The latter part of You Break Our Hearts evokes the same sentiment. “Bones Of The Saints,” “Wedding Rice,” and especially the closing tune, “Home Because Your Here” all reflect that peculiar English vision of an America that never really existed.
The phrase “gilded palace of sin” is so elegant that you hardly even realize you are talking about a whorehouse. The British trio who have taken the term as their name know exactly what they are talking about. You Break Our Hearts, We’ll Tear Yours Out is as sleazy, and as unapologetically romantic as any excursion on the Gold Coast can ever be. It is also one of the most striking debuts I have heard in years.