I'm just glad Iran isn't all about crazy holy men and crazier
politicians that want to drop atomic bombs on their Middle Eastern
neighbors. Rather, it is a kind of one-man, Bay Area band headed by
Aaron Aites, instead.
There are places where the late, great Granddaddy comes to
mind; many of these ten songs have a winning lo-fi quality to them.
But Aites breaks from the lo-fi crowd when he expands the instrumentation
into dark, The Doors-like jams, as happens during "Digital
Clock and Phone". He's also more passionate than many of his
too-bored-to-care lo-fi brethren. "Baby Let's Get High One Last
Time Together" is too long of a title by about four words, but
the guitar work on it is like Neil Young at his Buffalo
Springfield best. Vocally, however, Aites is about as expressive
as Steve Wynn, which is not all that expressive at all. He's
as emotive as a stoner can get.
There are a number of memorable tracks on this admirable release.
"Where I'm Going" stands out for its guitar and piano
interplay, whereas "Cape Canaveral/Budd (Reprise)" includes
audience applause sounds. It's a little dark, but there are many
shades of darkness, if you will.
If I were in Hillary Clinton's Secretary Of State shoes,
I'd have a really hard time communicating with Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad, who looks more like a monkey than a man. But Iran
the group is a wonderful rock band. And as far as I know, they're
not in the process of exporting terrorism worldwide.
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