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Let It Rest

Author: dave heaton
04/21/2003 | Erasingclouds.com | www.erasingclouds.com | Album Review
Genre classifications are useless. Everyone knows this, yet we use them anyway. "Indie rock" is as meaningless as any-you don't have to really be on an independent label to be called it anymore, and bands that sound completely different share the title. But at the same time, there is a certain sound, rooted in the early 90s, that I think of when I hear the phrase "indie rock." It's a loud-guitar, energy-filled sound embodied by groups like Archers of Loaf and Superchunk; it's a sound Sorry About Dresden has as their jumping-off point. With pop-rock melodies and a punkish edge, their basic formula involves turning it up and playing like their lives depend on it. Their latest album Let It Rest--their third full-length by my count-keeps that feeling going while diversifying it in ways that heighten the emotion. It's still a "punch-it and go" sort of album, one you can drive fast to or jump around to, but there's places throughout when the band slows down and falls into more of a mid-tempo rock thing (a la Buffalo Tom, say). This was true of their last album, The Convenience of Indecision, but is even truer here, where they vary their approach in a way that expands the emotional breadth. One example is "Sick and Sore," a rough-edged lazy-afternoon expression of longing and disappointment (with tinkling piano, even), that expresses thoughts like "do you dream sometimes of going far away where no one knows your name?" but also acknowledges that those dreams are jut empty wishes that have nothing to with real life. Another is the folk-ish ballad "Relax, Its Tuesday," an impassioned portrait of the working week doldrums. The relation between the disappointments of life and what we can do about them runs through much of the album, through moving ballads like "Frozen in Mid-Gesture" as well as more intense but still heartwrenching rockers like "The Approaching Dusk" (which begins with a faux start mimicking some Replacements song I can't remember). While I would never suggest that sticking to one style of music alone is a road to ruin, on Let It Run Sorry About Dresden do their music a service by stretching their sound out, by taking in slightly different styles to express their feelings. {www.sorryaboutdresden.com}-dave heaton
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