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The Convenience of Indecision

11/30/2001 | Slamm sd | | Album Review
8 out of 10

Goes Well With: Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, and improving your indie rock cred

After listening to this Chapel Hill-foursome's second release, it's easy to see why they chose an image of quiet contemplation for the disc's cover: a snow-covered road at night, streetlamps glowing in the distance. The image invokes a brooding mood, as does the music contained on the 12-track The Convenience of Indecision.

Powered by classic indie-rock churning bass and wispy guitars, Sorry About Dresden weaves a variety of other instruments (piano, organ, glockenspiel, violin, and vibraphone) into the mix to create a collection of lush and bittersweet songs. Vocalist/guitarist Matt Oberst's (brother of Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst) vocals range from a wistful croon ("It's Not Early Anymore") to a hyperactive scream (the superb "Hosanna in the Highest"), allowing him to explore the album's central themes. "I drank 'til dawn/Harsh light shining clear/Just waiting for an epiphany that I can hold on to," he sings on "It's Not Early Anymore." With many songs revolving around confusion and search, catharsis emerges as the predominant subject of the disc.

A strong effort from an evolving band, Convenience lends credence to the theory that there's something in Chapel Hill's water that makes for great indie rock.


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