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
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.
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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