Let It Rest
Author: Dave Bettermann
05/21/2003 | Performermag.com | www.performermag.com | Album Review
Joyriding is possibly one of the most pure adrenaline highs in the early adolescent sphere of existence. It combines the thrill of breaking the law and the secrecy of pulling one over on the car's owner. Unfortunately, it seems the owner always finds out and usually doesn't share the perpetrator's enthusiasm but no matter what karmic punishment is meted out by the fates, you will always have that moment in your mind: howling down the road, horribly inexperienced but in charge of more power than your still-developing brain can comprehend. Listening to Sorry About Dresden's newest release Let It Rest just might remind you of that carefree scene, with its unabashed and rowdy pop-inspired enthusiasm. Let It Rest starts at a smooth cruising speed and rarely weaves from a cunning tempo. The spastic-punk roll of the second track "The Approaching Dawn" brings to mind a jumping horde of teenagers, thrashing about in gleeful abandon while the stroll of "Sick and Sore" speaks to a sunny summer walk through the early morning. This ability to keep a fresh approach to songwriting plays well throughout the disc; there is no baleful cliché of twelve songs that all sound the same. The vocalist's range is impressive; he's able to pull a slacker bounce off just as easily as a proto-punk growl or backup scream and the comfortability by which the band handles these changes is plush. Unafraid of going out on a limb, Sorry About Dresden doesn't shy from the abstract; the minimalist space of "Frozen In Mid-Gesture" or the Beatles-on-speed feel of "Going For The Gold" give good contrast to the hyperactivity of some of the other, more straight lined rock tracks. North Carolina has produced its fair share of notable acts. Sorry About Dresden is poised to join them in notoriety if they continue to produce such solid and entertaining work. Let It Rest is easily recommendable listening for anyone with a sensible appreciation for energy and a catchy coloring in their music. And certainly this album fits comfortably on a back road in moonlight in someone else's car.