Author: Joe Faustin Kelly
08/15/2002 | Portland Mercury | www.portlandmercury.com | Album Review
Instead of cutting ties with his former staple group, ex-Lullaby for the Working Class frontman Ted Stevens has utilized his creative resources in Mayday. The reuse of the guitar, vibraphone, strings, and banjo formula which helped form Lullaby's original sound, finds a new home with the welcome addition of piano, organ, and vocal layers. With a sleepy orchestration of alt-country and ambient soft rock, Mayday takes the ingredients for audio boredom and skillfully shifts them in the direction of a pleasant listening experience. The guest vocals of Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) make the Spanish-tinged "Confession" a particularly strong spot on the album. Though the use of old instruments and members may commonly act as a recipe for a tired rehash, the aptly titled "Old Blood" makes for a fine example of doing what you know best.