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The Execution of All Things

Author: Greg Glasgow
11/29/2002 | | | Album Review
Fans of the Shins/Death Cab for Cutie school of subdued, shimmery-guitar indie-pop will find a lot to like about the second full-length release from this Los Angeles-based band put together by two former child actors, singer Jenny Lewis and guitarist Blake Sennett. Recorded in the growing indie capital of Omaha, Neb. (Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst sings backup on one song), The Execution of All Things puts some country-folk flourishes - pedal steel, acoustic guitar, accordion - behind the pair's melodic, often achingly honest songs.

As they were on the band's first album, 2001's Take-Offs and Landings, the secret weapons here are Lewis' wonderfully direct, emotion-filled vocals and the duo's sense of melody, which makes many of the tracks sound as if they draw from a songwriting tradition that's older - and somehow deeper - than rock 'n' roll.