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Make Believe
Shock Of Being
Flameshovel Records
www.flameshovel.com


The poetry spoutin', jazz-infected rock band has some interesting ticks that make this album worth listening to. While not for everyone - because its accessibility is questionable - it does provide some really diverse moments that make you want to wonder if it is your thing. This ambiance-influenced music is merely a backdrop for the lyrical poetry that is present, not that it couldn't stand by itself, and it just supports the project of enlightening the listener to the lyricist. In so many ways this band just reminds me of early Lungfish as the band fought to find a comfortable fit for songs and lyrics. The closest this band comes to a truly cohesive song would be "The Storm On Her Birthday" as the instruments own a significant amount of real-estate concerned. Not that the lyrics don't deserve a bit of presence, it just seems like a more happy medium could be achieved, such that they don't blatantly seem like different parts of the same thing.

The guitar drives a lot of the feel of each song, with its sporadic jazz nonsense that is beautiful but repetitive. You almost feel for the drums and bass trying to keep up with the changes and rotations, but they do an admirable job linking all of the parts. Then on the other side of the fence you have the poet - I even hesitate to call him a singer because his intentions are purely lyrical. He does a surprisingly good job at provoking thought while matching the rhythm of the band. And while I would still place Daniel Higgs well above him, he does provide some interesting insight, such as in "Television Cemetery": "Original sin machine/we keep quiet/so we don't talk like the television people talk to the dead/in the television cemetery".

You see, I am on the fence with this one. I know it is good, but I don't know if it is for me. So please take all of critiques with a grain of salt as you listen to it and decide for yourself if it is for you. Regardless, this band has something going for it and you should hear them at least once just for that.

-bishop

Track listing:
1) Amscaredica
2) His Short Quip When Eddie's Bothered
3) Say What You Mean
4) Small Apartment Party Epiphany
5) Television Cemetery
6) The Storm On Her Birthday
7) Can't Tell Cop From Cab
8) One Zero
9) A Band Room Of One's Own
10) Wild Science, Wild Signs
11) Fumio Nambata Had A Farm
12) Momentum Logic
13) "Boom!" Sounds Like "~Hiss~" From Inside It


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