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Author: Grant
10/25/2004 | Indieworkshop.com | www.indieworkshop.com | Album Review
Introduced to the international recording world on Bright Eyes' record Every Day, Every Night; and subsequently (though less witnessed) on the Insound Tour Support CD (again with Bright Eyes), Joe Knapp has consistently turned out incredibly well written song after well written song, no matter what the venue. Just listen to his first full-length as Son, Ambulance, Euphemystic, and you can hear the worlds of Squeeze, Elvis Costello, and Death Cab for Cutie come smashing together, with a little dash of Elton John for good measure.

That is the really catchy part of Knapp and company's work. He isn't afraid to jump out of a genre and totally rob from another; anything is fair game for the sake of the song. He goes from a faux flamenco beat for the remake of Billy Budd (a song released on the Insound disc, a clear and early sign of Knapp's mastery of the song craft) to the piano driven "Sex in C Minor" (followed by the dreamy C Minor Interlude, with guest Jenna Morrison's beautiful voice filling out the mix), which could possibly out-emo the Prom with its sincerity and clarity. How can Son, Ambulance pull off all of these changes, this transformation from classic rock to AM radio to indie post-whatever? It all comes down to the aforementioned sincerity. Add to that the fact that Knapp's new band has a more than average accomplishment at their instruments and you have the makings for a stupendous record.

In closing, this is a tricky time for the Saddle Creek label. On the one hand, all of their records from the past few years have really garnered critical acclaim and generous record sales. But that also means that the bar has been set just a little higher and focuses attention at certain artists in favor of others. With the Faint's anticipated follow-up to Danse Macabre emerging, along with the much-hyped double releases of Bright Eyes, it is a wonder that anyone has time to register the increasingly important work of Son, Ambulance, Now It's Overhead, or the new release of Beep Beep. Just as long as Tim Kasher keeps guest starring on everybody's albums, then I guess we aren't in any danger (he plays some mean accordion on this joint).


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