Let It Rest
Author: Brian Fogarty
03/04/2003 | Exoduster.com | www.exoduster.com | Album Review
This is the latest release from the new kings of Chapel Hill indie-rock Sorry About Dresden. With the dissolution of the White Octave and the minimal action of Superchunk, Sorry About Dresden are responsible for keeping the torch lit. For those not in the know, Sorry About Dresden is indie-rock hero Conor Oberst‚s brother‚s band. Although, one can pick up similar lyric drifts, the similarities end there. However, for Sorry About Dresden trying to improve on 2001‚s The Convenience of Indecision is no small feat. On Let It Rest, Sorry About Dresden come close to repeating that magnificence but come up slightly short in harmonies and memorable arrangements. There is a noticeable move to a bit more of a garage rock foundation that provides both appealing and less-so aspects. Also, Sorry About Dresden seem to play up the rhythmic guitar soloing to a compelling degree. Let It Rest kicks off „Beds and Lawns,‰ a song with a catchy upbeat guitar riff and, after some lame lyrics, provides a good opening to the record. „When You Cared‰ is similar in effect and quality. „This House Unhomed‰ is a stellar track with a great and memorable chorus that allows you rock out and hum to yourself. „Sick and Sore‰ sounds close to a happy Bright Eyes number, but it also reminds you of a Prozac-friendly song that should be on Sesame Street. „Perfect Posture‰ also contains a memorable „chorus‰ and the song is some type of a cross between Pavement and the Alman Brothers. Filling out the album, „Candid Camera,‰ „Once We Had a Word For This‰ and „The Approaching Dusk‰ do a splendid job. At the end of the day, it may take another year to truly digest the entirety of Let It Rest. Though it was easy to recognize the quality of The Convenience of Indecision, the complete greatness did not become apparent to some time after.