Let It Rest
Author: Eric Holder
06/27/2003 | Flagpole | www.flagpole.com | Album Review
One might wonder why this Chapel Hill, NC, band is housed under the hottest label in independent music via Omaha, Nebraska. Oh right, Matt Oberst (vocals, guitar) is brother to Bright Eyes, AKA Conor Oberst. Is this the triumphant return of Chapel Hill-based indie-rock or, perhaps, an addition to the elite of Saddle Creek a la Bright Eyes, The Faint, Now It's Overhead and Cursive? SAD's last EP, How The Cold War Began, combined acoustics and indie sensibilities, leaving fans on the edge of their seats for what was next. On Let It Rest the guitar work is there and on-target as near perfect imitative gritty rock, albeit the driving force, while Oberst reminds one of a Costello type whose lyrics fit well within the band's dynamic mid-tempo approach. Then there's the lap steel, piano and organ, suggesting more augmentation within a predictable foundation. The LP starts off with "beds and lawns," which declares, "You are just what I needed/ I needed to be defeated," and we are reminded of the best of anthem rock; however, we want, we need a little more, as Let It Rest is a good album - but just that. It performs exactly the same function as Sorry About Dresden's last outings; it makes the listener curious to hear the band fulfill its potential. Maybe one of these days it'll happen. But no one can wait forever.