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Let It Rest

Author: Joe
03/10/2003 | Delusions of Adequacy | www.adequacy.net | Album Review
I was perfectly ready to shower this CD with praise; after all I have been on kind of a bad streak recently with the CDs I have been reviewing. So when I got Sorry About Dresden in the mail, with all the things I had heard about them, I had already pre-determined a positive review was on the way. But I will have to hold myself back, balancing the pros and cons almost equally on the scale. Most noticeably detracting from this release is the music structure, which has a very slapped together feel, not unlike another donning the Oberst tag. At times this con reverses its role and gives the sound a raw, genuine feel, but that's the exception. The next complaint is the large amount of filler material placed between the good songs. But watch out, when this band hits on something creative, through seemingly at random, you are in for one good rock song.

"Beds and Lawns" starts off the CD with a kick of bland energy that will remind you of some Eve6 song. Its angry/heartbroken lyrics and radio-ready style weren't what I expected. The second track sounded a lot like the first one, so the first time I listened to this CD my hopes were rapidly diminishing. Then comes "When You Cared." It starts plainly enough, with a mellowed out band playing behind the verses. "Half dressed in the afternoon / I dress in an empty room" Then the chorus comes in and punches the mellow sound. This is definitely one of the times when their almost impromptu playing really makes the sound feel really honest. Besides that, this song feels like it's got something behind it, like there was actually motivation for writing this song from life. That's unlike some of the others that feel forced.

Two songs of mediocre rock later, "Frozen in Mid-Gesture" comes on and you are ready to give up again. This track sounds like your little brother strumming a single chord and reading his poetry over it. Towards the middle it starts to pick up a little, but I doubt you will make it that far. "Candid Camera" tries to release some of the creativity that I know it lurking somewhere behind this band, but it falls short. "Relax, It's Tuesday" tames the sound, and acts as a title track. "It's not really giving in / If you were never going to win.../ You won't let it rest / You can't let it rest."

So while I would have really liked this to have turned out as a positive review, all I can say is that this is bland, albeit energetic, indie-rock played by a band I think is capable of so much more. Sparks of potential come out on "Once We Has a Word for This," "Relax, it's Tuesday," and "Candid Camera." "When You Cared" is the fire these sparks might create.
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