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You May Already Be Dreaming

Author: Jim Scott
04/01/2008 | Under The Radar | undertheradarmag.com/ | Album Review
When we last left Jake Bellows three years ago, he was lamenting, "the world's a shitty place, I can't wait to die." Moving to Saddle Creek hasn't improved his mood any. "Stay awake, I hear the reapers hand/drag across my bed," he sings on "Tryptophan." Much of You May Already Be Dreaming is concerned with death, whiskey and women.

But Bellows isn't as simple as that. Armed with Neil Young riffs and slurring, sardonic vocals, Neva Dinova is Bright Eyes with a sense of humor. "Supercomputer," which is filled with bleating harmonies, has Bellows asking for help from ones and zeroes, "Supercomputer," which is filled with bleating harmonies, has Bellows asking for help from ones and zeroes, "Supercomputer please grant me my wishes, take care of my granny." As a lyricist, Bellows' lines are full of surprises, odd metaphors, and striking little jokes; Neva Dinova often operates at three-quarters speed, in no rush, letting the lines sink in before shuffling along.

7/10 Blips.