Brash and triumphant, The Narrator blasts out on this
album, with chaotic and beautiful material that keeps me coming
back for more. Sounding like a more punk infused Modest Mouse,
the low-fi recording grabs all of the right chords as the songwriting
stands on its own to declare its unabashed presence. It is the
suave panache' that jumps out at me like the occasional pop mementos
Franz Ferdinand are so good at throwing at you now-a-days.
But this sound is so much more than that - cool, discordant, and
energy laden even when there are blatant lulls in the songs, such
as in "Now Is The Time For All Good Men" a meandering
mini-epic that shows a great range within 6 minutes.
Capturing a true garage low-fi sound is dangerous to any band,
because it can backfire in a heartbeat, limiting the drive and
variations. But it gives that true sense of grit that can't be
found elsewhere, so it is no surprise many bands opt for this
style of recording. Rarely does it work so well for a band as
it does here, though. No instrument is favored over others and
a definite sense of oneness is accomplished making the entire
band one symbiotic being; living and breathing as a unit. Guitars,
drums and bass are equally muffled and distorted, but what they
lose in crispness they gain in intensity and ability to fill space
with interesting song craft.
There are so many good songs here that any could be chosen as a
perfect representation of the creativity and diversity of the band,
across the album and within each song. All songs change tempo and
direction with succinct and precise meaningful momentum, earning
a strong kudos from me and solidifying this band in my mind as intelligent
and purposeful. This is a solid album, back-to-front which will
remain in my circulation for years to come for hitting so many right
notes for me. Is it for you? Frankly, I don't care, so long as you
don't borrow my copy.
1) New Blood/New Weather
2) Pregnant Boys
3) Ergot Blues
5) That House That Burned To The Ground
6) Now Is The Time For All Good Men
7) The Heat Is Off
8) Wait No Actually
9) This Party's Over
10) Wolves In The Walls
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