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The Convenience of Indecision

Author: Ryan S.
10/23/2001 | kscu.org | www.kscu.org | Album Review
The band name first caught my attention, its reference to the needless WWII Allied obliteration of the artistic town of Dresden, Germany seeming unique, and maybe hinting at a deeper purpose to the music within. Curious, but not expecting too much, I popped it in for a listen. You know, just in case. And wow. Convenience finds this Chapel Hill by way of Omaha foursome emitting some of the better indie-rock you'll
hear these days. Parts Archers of Loaf, Superchunk, Track Star, and The Mountain Goats, this album borrows on the above sound styles without becoming in any way a second-rate take-off. Much more complex than your typical loud/soft/loud or guitar-fuzz format, this release mixes driving anthems with magnificently layered compositions that include acoustic guitar, piano, violin, and pedal steel. No jangly goofiness here, though, these boys have a point to make. And they don't mind occasionally shoving it in your face. Co-founder and lead singer Matt Oberst proves that the raw vocal intensity of brother Conor (Bright Eyes) is definitely genetic. In short, this music deserves to be played. A LOT.


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