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Euphemystic

Author: Brian Howe
9/10/2001 | Spectator Online | www.spectatoronline.com | Album Review
Music is infinitely subjective, and so the term best, which pooh-poohs the oceanic gray areas that comprise a record's value, seems disingenuous and narrow-sighted. That said, Euphemystic probably isn't the best (i.e., most important or revolutionary) album of the year, but it was my personal favorite. Son, Ambulance moves seamlessly through 10 tracks of alternately ethereal and exuberant art-pop, brimming with vivid imagery, elegant instrumentation and nonmanufactured (read: not "emo") emotion. Bright Eyes comparisons abound, but Knapp tempers his longing with a hope that is genuine and redemptive. The fact that the songwriting eschews hip irony in favor of near-classical sincerity bumped Euphemystic to the top of my list.
It's dangerous to say what you mean, and through his honesty, Knapp bares his throat to that most odious American beast, viz. cynical scorn. Kudos to him for coming away fully intact, at least from my perspective.
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