Oh Holy Fools
01/22/2001 | Unknown | Album Review
This is a split record between Son, Ambulance and Bright Eyes, with each group contributing four songs. Son, Ambulance is essentially one Joe Knapp with a number of backup musicians and this is their first release. Previously, Knapp was spending time playing drums with Bright Eyes before starting his own thing. For Bright Eyes, this is their fifth release: three full-lengths, an EP and now this split. As might be apparent by the two groups intermingling, their songs merge on the same plane of existence. Mellow dew-drop basics overlaid by a number of different instruments topped off by pure indie-rock vocals in the vein of Elliott Smith. Son, Ambulance and Bright Eyes go back and forth on the tracks on this record. Starting it off is Son, Ambulance with a very Beatles-esque song "Brown Park," but with the indie-rock angle. The first song by Bright Eyes, so the second song on the album, "Going for the Gold" is by far the best on the record, using an excellent method of doubling the vocals over the acoustic and flute driven main. Son, Ambulance definitely has the Belle and Sebastian thing going on throughout their songs, though with less harmony and talent. Bright Eyes tends to bring a better quality to the album, but if you dig the super-mellow, somewhat off-key indie singing then Son, Ambulance should do you well. If you enjoyed Bright Eyes' previous material, then you will continue to enjoy this release.