The Good Life

Black Out

CD (w/ MP3) LBJ-043-2 (03/04/2002) $11.00 add to cart
LP (w/ MP3) LBJ-043-1 (04/07/2015)
180g includes download card
$15.00 pre-order
320 Kbps MP3 LBJ-043-3 (03/04/2002) $9.00 add to cart

Black Out is now available for PRE-ORDER from our online store! The album is not in stores until April 7, but if you order from us, we’ll ship it to you on March 24 (two weeks before release)! You will be able to download the album in 320 Kbps MP3s immediately following purchase.

Please Note: Anything ordered with Black Out will be held until the March 24 ship date. We cannot split up orders.

Other Good Life reissues also available:

Novena on a Nocturn
Novena on a Nocturn Demos
Album of the Year
Album of the Year Demos
Reissue Bundle

With The Good Life's Black Out, Tim Kasher set out to capture something entirely different from his earlier efforts with Cursive as well as the debut release from The Good Life, Novena on a Nocturn (Better Looking Records, 2000). With upbeat, keyboard driven pop songs intermixed between sparse, vocal driven stories of drunken disappointment, The Good Life's Black Out is a conceptually and musically rich album by five musicians that have blossomed from a solo effort into a full-time band.

After the success of Novena on a Nocturn, Kasher along with keyboardist Jiha Lee, drummer Roger Lewis, guitarist Landon Hedges and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Fox endeavored to create and arrange something larger in scope and density. The result is the moody, ever changing sound of Black Out, which has succeeded in capturing and showcasing the many facets of Tim Kasher's songwriting ability.

Starting with a bare vocal melody and a tremulous guitar, Black Out traces tales of drunken phone calls, perfidious lovers, fickle relationships, and escapism through moody terrain, adding and subtracting an array of lush organic and electronic instrumentation. The standard guitar, bass and drums collide with drum machines, synthesizers, saxaphone, cello, accordian and vibraphone along with a host of other instruments to create a definitive Good Life sound. Black Out seamlessly flows from one track to the next, periodically glimpsing at the past as well as foreshadowing of things to come, while all along merely trying to recount the events of the previous night. Each track contributes to the scope and coherence of the record as a whole, progressing the listener further along toward the final "Black Out."

Individual Tracks

PreviewLengthMP3 $.99
1. Black Out preview » 1:35add to cart
2. The Beaten Path preview » 3:01add to cart
3. Some Bullshit Escape preview » 4:24add to cart
4. O'Rourke's, 1:20 a.m. preview » 5:23add to cart
5. Early Out the Gate preview » 4:10add to cart
6. The New Denial preview » 2:58add to cart
7. Black Out preview » 1:13add to cart
8. I Am an Island preview » 2:29add to cart
9. Drinking with the Girls preview » 5:04add to cart
10. After O'Rourke's, 2:10 a.m. preview » 2:54add to cart
11. Empty Bed preview » 4:32add to cart
12. Don't Make Love So Hard preview » 6:27add to cart
13. Off the Beaten Path preview » 4:58add to cart
14. Black Out preview » 1:11add to cart

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