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Someone Else's Deja Vu

Author: Laurence Niosi
07/10/2008 | Cmj.com | www.cmj.com | Album Review
Three years after, Key, Son Ambulance emerge from their retreat with a third full-length, Someone Else's Deja Vu. On the album, Omaha singer-songwriter (and musical accomplice of Conor Oberst), Joe Knapp, brews up a concoction of soft, meandering melodies. This time, Knapp almost entirely ditches the piano and shakes things up a bit by using the double bass, saxophone and even synthesizers. The result is a collection of soaring, swirling songs that drift along slowly, from the acoustic stripped-down Leonard Cohen-esque "Constellations" to the prog-rock closing song "Requiem For A Planet." The single "Horizons" is reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel's folk-style, with Knapp's vocals quietly floating over the organ and bells. Without reinventing the wheel, Joe Knapp offers honest songs perfect for a summer's day, and firmly establishes himself as a songwriter in his own right.

Tracklist For Someone Else's Deja Vu:
01. A Girl In New York City
02. Legend of Lizeth
03. Quand Tu Marches Seule
04. Wild Roses
05. Horizons
06. Yesterday Morning
07. Constellations
08. And
09. Juliet's Son
10. The Renegade
11. Awakening
12. Someone Else's Deja Vu
13. Requiem for a Planet
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