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Des Ark
Loose Lips Sink Ships
Bifocal Media
www.bifocalmedia.com


Aimee Argote seems to have no problem with saying it's your fault for being a man, but that is the rather common tack for the sorts of women who seek out the most flawed men they can find to sleep with. At first, I liked the angry drama of Des Ark's music; it's raw and stripped bare with this nihilistic, careening-train-wreck of an outlook on life and relationships. But, like those women on the daily talk shows who at first seem sympathetic, it gets harder and harder to empathize with them when you realize that this is the third or fourth boyfriend/husband who has beat/cheated on them. It doesn't take long to grow weary of people who are entirely the source of their own problems. I get the same feeling as this album wears on, even though I am always buoyed by the first track, "Some Are Love."

The content of this album follows a very similar route, a catalog of misdeeds and mistakes by people who are their own worst enemy. If this is by design, then I have to hand it to Des Ark for creating such verisimilitude. If however, it is merely art imitating life, then I give them their chops for having an appropriately depressing sound, the kind that continually grinds you down, and for Argote's incredibly powerful voice; but I wouldn't want to "hang" for too long lest I be dragged down into their mire. If you are one of those people and are looking for company in your misery, Loose Lips Sink Ships will provide you with the sort of dreary empathy you seek in your martyrdom. And if someone else is spared the discomfort of having to hear you drone on about your woeful self, then the rest of us must all praise this godsend.

-JD

Track Listing:
1. Some Are Love
2. No More Fighting Cats, OK?
3. Queen Of The Sketch Patrol
4. Yes Sir, Yes Way
5. It's A Hard World Sometimes For Little Things
6. Jesus Loves You (But You're Still Coming Home With Me Tonight)
7. Send Jolley to Raleigh
8. For Bob Riecke


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