9/10/2001 | Fungamemassive | Album Review
He dazzled you with his haunting acoustic-based songs on the split earlier this year with Bright Eyes (Saddle Creek), and now Joe Knapp and company are back with their first full-length. The song quality and sharpness have progressed dramatically since the split, and thus those who found the split consisting of pleasing sounds will love this. Son, Ambulance uses a variety of sounds and styles of all influences to give you an eclectic and full album. What amazes me is that Knapp is able to weave catchy harmonies into something that at first seems averse to such interest drawing sounds. The album starts off with 'An instant death,' a long number that comes back midway with an excellent kick of rock and makes you feel like you watching the movie 'Rudy' or something; in that it is an emotional feeling of goodness. 'Book Laid on its Binding' is a richly composed song that hints at Son, Ambulance's talent and potential. Starting off with a Goonies-esque sound, Knapp lays down ultra-mellow vocals over a thick layering of instrumentals on the song. Other songs of note include 'The Anonymous,' 'Like a Friend,' and 'I promise you'll never grow old.' For those into Belle and Sebastian and Of Montreal, and the like, you will be interested in checking out this release. Look for them on tour in a town near you soon.