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Let It Rest

Author: Trevor Shelton
06/01/2003 | The Crutch | www.february4productions.com | Album Review
The latest release from Chapel Hill's Sorry About Dresden, Let It Rest, is a collection of snapshots of the approaching dusk of one's day/life.  An inventory of all of one's choices and regrets skillfully woven together into an album that on the surface is disarmingly up-tempo but underneath is a lamentation on tedium and unfulfilled dreams.

This album finds the boys in some familiar sonic territory: the crisp, fervent chords and changes contradicted by heartbreakingly abrasive and poignant lyrics.  The album has many recurring themes such as darkness (degrees of light, et. al), self-doubt, and confinement.  With this said, I reluctantly refuse to venture that this is a “concept" album, although upon multiple listenings one could make that argument.  And this is not to say that this is necessarily a bad thing.  Let's just say that if you are unemployed, unhappy with a lover or job then every song on Let It Rest is going to speak to you.

The music on this album is catchy and engaging, enough that if you pay too much attention to it you might miss their point.  The music is the cheer-up for the let-down.  That is to say that there are not really any sunny songs on this album.  I find myself wondering if the title is in fact a take-off on the Rolling Stones's Let It Bleed, with its self-deprecating inference to simply not stopping the hurt.  Here, however SAD challenges you to take responsibility, drive like Jehu out of life's cul-de-sac, and leave during the darkness.  They recognize that ambition is a bitch when things aren't going your way, but they will tell you that a lack of ambition is not an option.  So take a chance, it will be “one less fear to fake." We can have love and work.  We can work at love and love our work.  Put all of your regrets and fears behind you; stop being frozen, mid-gesture; it's always darkest before the light.  So until your new day arrives, Let It Rest.
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