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Oh Holy Fools

Author: Charles Spano
01/22/2001 | Mean | Album Review
The world needs more split albums and the proof is the swimmingly lo-fi, golden strains and heartbreak lyrics of Oh Holy Fools. While most artists are content to put out split records in the stardard twofer half-and-half format, these Saddle Creek gurus know there's way too much continuity between their Midwestern indie vibes to settle for such an easy out. Bright Eyes and Son, Ambulance alternate in the song lineup to create a remarkably flowing and fully cohesive folk set.

Born of Nebraskan cornfields, painfully blue suburban skies, and cold Omaha winters, it's a beautiful American journey. Dig the influence of Jackson Browne's first two records, and the folk troubadour sounds and lyrical mythology for Leonard Cohen. Son, Ambulance brings on the 70s pinao pop with “Brown Park" and takes the prize for the catchiest tune on the disc. Bright Eyes gets pretty with a flute melody in “Going for the Gold" and pulls out al the stops on “Kathy With a K's Song," maybe the most warmly honest tune yet from a band with no shortage of time. There's no irony in sight. Give this graceful collaboration a spin and you'll remember that music actually counts for something.
Oh Holy Fools

Oh Holy Fools

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