06/20/2002 | Bettawreckonize | www.bettawreckonize.com | Album Review
Mayday leader Ted Stevens cut his teeth working with a laundry list of influential indie musicians. Stevens has provided backing for Bright Eyes, the Good Life, Azure Ray, as well as participating in Cursive and his very own Lullaby For The Working Class. Old Blood contains the remaining Lullaby musicians and was recorded over the course of 2001, with a little help from Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and the ladies of Azure Ray. Ted Stevens' breathy vocals over equally dreamy and inventive instrumentation makes for beautifully intelligent compositions. The tracks seemingly float by; the surreal "Lullaby for the Sleeping Elephant" is a shining example. All of the songs are note worthy especially the opening "Cinquefoils" which is luscious and hypnotic. The lyrical simplicity of "Confession" is nothing less than gorgeous with swarming acoustic guitar, violin, and banjo. An added bonus, there are some hidden tracks that can be found by rewinding from the start of track one. Old Blood is inventive, intriguing, and soothing. I wish that I were a more talented writer to do justice to this album, but for lack of better description Mayday's Old Blood is a simply great.