Author: Mark Suppanz
10/01/2001 | the Big Takeover | www.bigtakeover.com/ | Album Review
After emerging on a split release with Bright Eyes last year, Son, Ambulance is back with its proper debut. Lead by Joe Knapp, the band plays unpretentious oddball pop that puts a wide spectrum if sounds to good use while conveying unrestrained emotion. Knapp comes off as a sensitive bedroom type longing for better days. On "like a Friend" he recalls, "I remember when we used to talk like swallows in an unborn child's throat." The band backs him with a lifting, lounge sound that recalls Belle & Sebastian and Magnetic field's Stephen Merritt's lighter moments. "Eupehmystic" is hardly the world for a record so beautifully honest.