Author: Ilana Taub
09/14/2005 | Synergymag.com | www.synergymag.com | Album Review
You like the Faint right? Of course you do, because the Faint are awesome. Well imagine someone switched out the Faint's coffee with decaf, or traded their uppers for horse tranquilizers, and you get Broken Spindles. The side project of the Faint's bassist Joel Peterson, Inside/Absent marks the third release from Spindles, with an-emo-meets-the future-and-then-hides-in-the-corner disc. Stripped down instrumentals are interjected between painfully honest and revealing lyrics about the type of dysfunction the writers on the OC wish they could think of. At first it reminds one of the guy you meet in the bar who tells you way too much about his sad life without even knowing you. But instead of hoping he goes away, you end up being so entranced in his story and the cadence in which he speaks you buy him a beer. With such deeply personal songs like "This is an Introduction," you can't help but show some respect for Peterson for laying himself so raw and naked to us. The quirky electronic beats that accompany the songs turn it into something you can play to ease along a dark, crappy day. You may still feel like you just broke into someone's diary, but at least you can bob your head while you discover Peterson's secrets.
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