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Let It Rest

Author: Kyle
04/04/2003 | 30music.com | www.30music.com | Album Review
One thing that gets beat to death when speaking in terms of the Chapel Hill-based Sorry About Dresden is the fact that there is an Oberst in the band. Oh my god, an Oberst!!! Yeah, Conor's brother, Matt, fronts the band. It's kinda smooth, but definitely not the underlying feature behind Sorry About Dresden - a band that either decidedly or undecidedly seem to separate themselves from the rest of the Saddle Creek pack. When was the last time you saw these guys in Rolling Stone, Seventeen, or the New York Times? Well, you probably haven't, and if you have, it was most likely mentioned along with the Saddle Creek elite (i.e. Bright Eyes, Cursive, the Faint).

So, it really came as no surprise that there was hardly any buzz around Sorry About Dresden's second full-length, Let It Rest. You may be saying to yourself, “There really is no reason to create a buzz around such an act, hell they aren't even based out of Omaha." Okay, if you're saying that, then you're just being childish, and should realize that there is more to Saddle Creek than just Omaha. Sorry about that, let's get back on track. So, was a buzz necessary? Well, hopefully the following can help you make your own decision.

First off, Let It Rest is an album for Sorry About Dresden fans. If any part of you dug their debut, The Convenience Of Indecision, then be prepared for a satisfactory listening experience. A lot of the same characteristic indie rock traits are present here, although this time around the overall sound is more serrated creating a classic dysfunctional indie-pop appeal. Adding to this slightly changed craft is an organ, which is sparse, but rewarding when it infrequently compliments.

Tracks like “Sick and Sore" reiterate that this quartet can establish a cushy, lackadaisical rock song superbly. The song just has a flow about it and is an ideal accompaniment for a rise and shine combo platter at your local fast food joint. The hyper-disjointed-guitar- tweaking extravaganza found on “The Approaching Dawn" is another example of a finely written track. It just has that bop-pro aura about it.

The only qualm about Let It Rest is it that it seems like Sorry About Dresden wrote the album very quickly and perhaps they didn't let the songs mature enough before putting them to tape. Some of the tracks tend to lack a strong core, if you will, especially in the vocal melodies. At times, Oberst's vocals completely follow the rhythm guitar pointing the sound into the realm of redundancy. Also, their attempts at the ultra-emotional, cry-myself-to-sleep ballads don't work as well here as they did on The Convenience Of Indecision. Suggestion: stick to the indie pop thing, you're good at it. Leave that cry me to sleep shit to your brother.
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