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Let It Rest

Author: Jake
03/31/2003 | Indieworkshop.com | www.indieworkshop.com | Album Review
Having a famous brother can be both a blessing and a curse. Matt Oberst (obviously the brother of Bright Eyes/ Desaparecidos Conor Oberst) and his band might have benefited from the relation when labels came sniffing around, but the flip side is definitely the standard the band is held up to. I think everyone thinks they are going to get the supposed 'genius' of Conor. Well, Matt and Co. work in a different medium. These boys just want to play jingly, guitar driven, pop rock, and with this full length, they have accomplished what they have set out to do.

They play a style of guitar rock just a step below radio playable. It's not that it's a step below because of a lack of talent, or a lack of vision, it's just not entirely radio friendly. They blend sounds from 90's alternative rock, with emotions from modern day emo warriors. Think Dinosaur Jr. and Kill Creek playing with Elvis Costello. While they don't ever reach the level of catchiness those bands might conjure up, the product is pleasantly soothing.

The opener, “Beds and Lawns", is probably the best song on the album. It's very catchy, and very solid in its writing and delivery. This is something I could see being played over and over on college radio. It has elements of all the aforementioned artists, but this is the only time that they pull them all together without over (or under) doing it.

It's not all that diverse or groundbreaking in its sound, but the songs remain with you when the stereo stops… and really, that is all you can ask from an album like this. To expect rock with pop tendencies to be some amazing experience is to set your self up for disappointment. Just listen to it for what it is, and enjoy it.
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