Oh Holy Fools
01/22/2001 | Held Like Sound | Album Review
It can't be easy to steal the spotlight from Bright Eyes, but Son, Ambulance does it one this excellant split CD. Four songs from each of these Omaha-based bands. Son, Ambulance seems poised to be the next darlings of indie-land, with the trio's four songs combining many of the best elements of bands like Belle and Sebastian and Of Montreal. All four of its songs here are really good, particularly “Brown Park" and “The Invention of Beauty." Vocalist Joe Knapp possesses a plaintive, endearing voice that is the anchor for the music here. It's too bad that Son, Ambulance had to steal Bright Eyes' thunder, 'cause Conor Oberst and Co. have turned in some of their finest work yet. Bright Eyes' four songs are more laid-back (if such as thing is possible for Bright Eyes) and refined, and almost entirely devoid of the occaionally cringe-inducing historics of previous efforts. These are just soild, understated folk songs, with tasteful backing by a group of some of Omaha's finest. This is a really good record.