Let It Rest
Author: Jer Fairall
05/31/2003 | Toneandgroove.com | www.toneandgroove.com | Album Review
The fact that Sorry About Dresden singer/guitarist Matt Oberst is the brother of indie-rock boy of the moment (or is the indie- rock boy of five minutes ago? It's so hard to keep track of these things) Connor Oberst of Bright Eyes will hopefully bring the band some much deserved recognition. While Bright Eyes are distinguished by (and praised for) Conner's warbley, on-the-edge-of-emotional-collapse vocals and stark suicide-note lyrics, SAD (a wonderfully fitting acronym) are far more conventional, mixing tight, direct guitar blasts with tense emo ballads. Their last album The Convenience of Indecision was, for the most part, elegant and melancholic, while Let It Rest is rougher and rawer. In its best moments, like on the he scrappy punk rock of "When You Cared" and "The Approaching Dusk," they recall the bruised melodicism of the Replacements and, with "Relax, It's Tuesday," even include a lovely and uncannily Westerberg-ian acoustic ballad. But elsewhere, like on the grandly anthemic "Going For The Gold," the band shows that they have the range to be more than just another indie-rock band.