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Golden Shoulders
Friendship Is Deep
Welcome Home Records
www.goldenshoulders.com


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, or what?

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.'

-Dan MacIntosh


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