Listening to Golden Shoulders is frustrating. But it's
not because their music is bad. Au contraire! Rather, Friendship
Is Deep is an endless wellspring of wonderful sounds. The
frustrating part is when this CD is placed next to all the utter
crap in the marketplace. If Golden Shoulders can put together
such a consistently fine collection of music, why are so many
other artists wasting our precious listening time? Ah, but that's
more than enough of my negativity.
Although there are too many fine musical moments to mention,
my favorite lyrical snippet is found on "Everybody's Trying
To Be My Villain". On it, vocalist Adam Kline sings:
"And maybe someday I will not be destitute/And I will be
kicked by a better brand of boot." Is that backhanded optimism,
As for a sampling of stellar musical touches, it's hard to beat
the layered vocal harmonies of "I Get Over". Then there's
the Beatle-y guitar part of "Don't Ever Do That Again"
and the sparse folk piano driving "I Will Light You on Fire".
And as a side note, what could be cooler than a group which is
named Golden Shoulders recording a song called "Golden Soldiers"?
"Golden soldiers ignore the alarms," they sing during
this slightly self-referential moment.
Now, if you listen to Golden Shoulders exclusively, the evil
musical outside world will no longer exist for you. Unfortunately,
such a magical land is not available to music critics. But go
ahead and escape to Golden Shoulders, and while there, send me
back a postcard that reads, 'Wish you were here.'
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