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Oh Holy Fools

Author: Lauren Viera
01/24/2001 | Cleveland Free Times | Album Review
Too often with split albums, the lesser-known band takes advantage of its better half's notoriety, and the end product requires you skip tracks one through five (or whatever) to enjoy the thing. Rare is the split record that is simply good - full of good songs by two well-paired bands with chemistry. Oh Holy Fools does more than "good": there isn't a single skip-able track. Politely taking turns like the kind Nebraskans they are, Bright Eyes and newcomers Son, Ambulance weave colorful melodies around simple lyrics, gracefully admitting "They never taught us how to sing/We learned to follow the drum inside." Son, Ambulance cut their teeth with this recording - opportunely sandwiched with a critical favorite - but you don't get the sense that they need a crutch. Their songs are the most refreshing examples of oddly shaped, singer/ songwriter-style music to emerge onto the indie scene since Bright Eyes' did two years ago, fleshing out a chorus of revelations with woodsy acoustic guitars and the warm tinklings of piano. Likewise, Bright Eyes have learned to express uplifting emotions as acutely as the depressing ones, and they end the record with a gush of sunshine. Grade: A
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