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.
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
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