Let It Rest
Author: Delphine Hwang
05/01/2003 | Bay Area Buzz | www.bayareabuzz.net | Album Review
In the last decade, North Carolina has been the breeding ground for commercially viable alt acts like Whiskeytown, Ben Folds Five, and Tori Amos. While Sorry About Dresden may not quite have the wide appeal of that list, they've found their own niche in their hometown of Chapel Hill, where acts like the now-defunct Archers of Loaf have shared the independent path they've traveled the past four years. Album number four, entitled Let It Rest, never steers away from Dresden's usual poppy-punk sound, resembling at times the more raucous side of Camper van Beethoven or a less quirky Pavement. While singer Matt Oberst shares similar tones in his voice with his brother Conor, who fronts fellow Saddle Creek favorite, Bright Eyes, Matt takes the less emotive, more punk-nerd route to express himself. Both brothers and their bands recently played together on a nationwide tour, also sharing bills with acts like Arab Strap, Rainer Maria, and The Velvet Teen.