Album of the Year
From the initial moment I was led to the classic that is, and always will be, Novena on a Nocturn (2000; Better Looking) - I had the feeling this relationship could go somewhere [if you have yet to hear "Golden Exit" I fear you may not have yet lived]. Don't hate Tim Kasher because he can turn a moment of despair into a glorious 4-minute anthem (see: "Needy", "October Leaves"), actually - don't hate him at all. Can't you hear this injured young fawn needs a little time & nursing, as he speaks of the tomato soup his lover used to bring him on "October Leaves". If you are in a relationship that is nearing it's last gasping days, knowing a girl like the side character on "Notes In His Pockets" ( she ".. falls to the floor / says I'm feeling sick of sweet & pure - 'take me now' I'm yours" ) could save your life - but not your marriage.
Let us not overlook the 9+ minute anthem "Inmates" that, like an angel from the bluest of the skies, is delivered like a whisper by former Good Life / Bright Eyes beauty Jiha Lee. As a lone acoustic and a slow approaching swirl of ambience (think a very sad train moving at the speed of a turtle) near, Jiha (later joined by Tim and a full band) reveals "now your a wolf in second-hand clothing, I'm the sheep in a pleated skirt / it's an awkward form a payback, but if it works for you it works". Oh goodness, it is entirely a song you will want to play at your divorce hearing - and giggle the entire time you are sweeping away your tears.
Any of the twelve creations on Album of the Year could sum up on a mix-tape how your relationship has, of late, become quite stale - but I think the album as a whole sums it up best: Love is for Losers. A huge amount of respect to the entire Good Life cast and it's producers / engineers (the Mogis Brothers) - you have over-exceeded all expectations I had for this album.
It's easy to end the review with this, but by damn I'm going to do it - The Good Life. Album of the Year.
"she said she'd never seen someone so lost, I said I'd never felt so found".
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