Let It Rest
Author: Mike Conklin
03/27/2003 | Basement-life.com | www.basement-life.com | Album Review
It's got to be hard being on a label where every other band is exponentially more successful than yours. In Sorry About Dresden's case, though, they should be able to sleep soundly at night, confident that there's good reason for their relative lack of acclaim: they're exponentially less talented than every other band Saddle Creek has worked with in the past three years. Every living fanzine writer in the world has made some silly joke about how the massive amount of good music being released by Omaha bands must be the result of some wonder chemical found in the city's water, and if that's the case, Matt Oberst (yeah, they're brothers) and Matt Tomich didn't drink quite enough of it before packing up and moving to Chapel Hill a few years ago. Their new record, Let It Rest is full of totally unmemorable guitar rock, severely lacking the hooks and energy that makes similar bands (Superchunk, Kind of Like Spitting) so good. Their simple, traditional take on the most standard indie rock sound is somewhat admirable, I suppose, but there's just too much working against them: weak melodies, annoying vocals and lyrics that are far from special. Listening to Let It Rest, it's pretty clear that, in a nepotism-free reality, no matter how many times they go on tour with Cursive, or the Good Life or even Bright Eyes, Sorry About Dresden's not even in the same league.