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Someone Else's Deja Vu

Author: Brian Krasman
08/09/2007 | McKeesport Daily News | www.dailynewsmckeesport.com | Album Review
Joe Knapp's got equal parts of Art Garfunkel's everyman and Elvis Costelo's heart-on-fire rambling coursing through his veins. On Son, Ambulance's third record, Knapp, a constant Conor Oberst colaborator, lets his '60s-'70s folk baladeer roots show on a fine effort that grows better with each listen, and I imagine also wilwith age.
Scratchy opener "Girl in New York City" is a bright-eyed dreamer of a song, which leads to psyche throwback "Legend of Lizeth," where his Costelo alegiance is most obvious.
Soft "Wild Roses" picks at love the narrator didn't appreciate; "Horizons" sounds like a Kinks tribute with its swelling organs and strummed guitar; "The Renegade" and "Awakening" take calculated traipses through the desert; seven-minute "Yesterday Morning" is the record's undeniably tragic heart and soul; and quiet "Constelations" has Knapp confessing, "Edison's inven­tion won't light up in my head." Untrue, sir.
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