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Let It Rest

Author: Mike Pastore
3/18/2003 | Dailyfreepress.com | www.dailyfreepress.com | Album Review
If you're not sure who Sorry About Dresden are, don't worry, because from the sound of it, they're not quite sure yet either. With their roots in Chapel Hill, the scene that spawned underground hits like Superchunk and Ryan Adams' Whiskey Town, Sorry About Dresden are unknowns with some big, better-known shoes to fill singer Matt Oberst is Bright Eyes's Conor Oberst's older brother.

Rather than being daunted by potential expectations or comparisons, Sorry About Dresden brush them off, shelling out an album of songs that dodge classification into any distinct musical category, yet failing to establish an identity for the band. The result is an album that is respectable but overall, inconsequential.

Produced by Brian Paulson, who worked on Wilco's debut A.M. and Beck's Odelay, the band's Let it Rest is pop without the strong hooks, and punk without any real bearing. Over rollicking beats and fuzzy guitars matched by Oberst's gruff vocals, the songs come and go without leaving a mark. Even stronger showings, including "Sick and Sore,"and "When You Cared"are mostly unmemorable and outnumbered by the less impressive cuts.

"Frozen in Mid-Gesture"sounds frozen in mid-conception, mistaking a sparse arrangement as an excuse for an only partially formulated song. Their own "Going for the Gold"would be good advice: until they raise the stakes, Sorry About Dresden will remain a quality opening band, but never the headliner.
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