Album of the Year
You know that character in A Mighty Wind who keeps saying "hey, what happen';" yeah, that guy, the one that was the announcer for Best in Show. Well, I say "what the fuck happened here muthafucka?" How could it be that one of my favorite bands on one of my favorite labels could unload such a pile and have the audacity to call it Album of the Year? The Good Life, fronted by Cursive's Tim Kasher and joined by three other master musicians (Stefanie Drootin, Ryan Fox and Roger Lewis), unleash twelve tracks for the unwary listener. Given their amazing recent EP, Lovers Need Lawyers, you would think the Good Life would follow some marginal resemblance to those songs; all of which absolutely smoke. Yet, they trade in that magic for songs that crest on five minutes of moody dark poppy rock that could be Mazzy Starr reincarnate (e.g., "Under a Honeymoon"). Sure, some songs are dazzling and solid (e.g., "Notes in His Pockets" and the Belle and Sebastian-feeling nine-minute epic "Inmates") and some songs have compelling parts (e.g., "Album of the Year"), but otherwise it is a waste of an hour. It seems like a move to a singer-songwriter core, but they forgot the songwriting part. Maybe it is expectations of what was not matching with what is, but I have a pain in my heart. I mean, I get very little time to spin records that I like multiple times because of doing all these reviews, but the Lovers Need Lawyers EP was one I played over and over. They put the track "Lovers Need Lawyers" from the EP on this record and it stands out both as a change in sound and a change in quality. I haven't been this disappointed since the new Frenetics' album came out. Oh, pray tell, let this be an illusion of wayward minds and not a forecast of what is to come.
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