Despite rumors that Eric Elbogen would be recording the newest
release from his be-a-part-of-our-secret-club band Say Hi To Your
Mom as a full band effort, this recording is the same perfect
blend of minimalism and pop sensibility that his two previous recordings
contained. The band is nowhere to be found; instead, we are given
yet another chapter in the saga of the man who sat alone in his NYC
apartment and thought up songs about stuff that we shouldn't really
care about, but we do. We care so much. Like Faith No More,
we care a lot.
The songs on Ferocious Mopes attain the same indie rock perfection
that Discosadness and Numbers & Mumbles both attained.
Keyboards come chiming in at the most opportune of times, and guitars
are thick and sonic, without being overpowering or overdone. Drums
alternate between Elbogen's excellent drum machine programming and
live kit on a few tracks, just like before. The overall feeling of
Ferocious Mopes is one of continuance; not a lot of new ground
being broken, just good indie rock being done just the exact right
"The Twenty-Second Century" kicks the album off in high
gear with its powerful guitars and brilliant drumming, drawing near
a point of being BRMC, but without the out of control feedback
and overly distorted guitars. "The Death Of Girl Number Two"
continues to evolve the fearsome zombie stories of Eric Elbogen, spinning
a lovelorn twist on an already twisted tale. The lyrical highpoint
on the record is "Yeah, I'm In Love With An Android" - filled
with sparse guitars, slow piano, and the satirical whit that the world
has come to expect from Say Hi. Atmospheric textures suspend the otherworldly
delightful "I Think I'll Be A Good Ghost". The song is airy
and light, while telling an oddly sad and whimsical story of the afterlife.
Pop bliss is attained on "Dimensions And Verticals" through
the use of thick analog synthesizers, crisp drumming, and densely
chorded electric guitars. A final show of brilliance is given with
"As Smart As Geek Is Chic Right Now"; Elbogen wows with
a very short story accompanied by acoustic guitar about toys that
had become too smart, and rush headlong to meet their untimely end.
It amazes me that in so few lines of prose, any modern songwriter
can express not only a societal problem, but also slip in so many
clever phrases as to establish himself on equal footing with some
of the great poets of the 20th century.
This record will surely be showing up on a number of "Best Of
2005" lists, both here at Hybrid, as well as anywhere else people
might know what good music really is. Musically, Ferocious Mopes
is a wonderfully diverse and engaging record, but Elbogen's brilliant
witty lyricism once again shines as the driving force behind the magic
of Say Hi To Your Mom.
Really, the only thing that I can pinpoint as actually missing
from this new record is the adorable little baby robot on the cover.
I miss the baby robot. I don't want to grow up. Please bring him
1. The Twenty-Second Century
2. The Death Of Girl Number Two
3. The Forest Scares The Hell Out Of Me
4. Yeah, I'm In Love With An Android
5. I Think I'll Be A Good Ghost
6. Dimensions And Verticals
7. Recurring Motifs In Historical Flirtings
8. Mosquitos In The Stucco
9. Poor Pete Is A Bit Self Conscious
10. As Smart As Geek Is Chic Right Now
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