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Help Wanted Nights

Author: Jim Scott
09/01/2007 | Under the Radar | www.undertheradarmag.com | Album Review
Since the dawn of time, rock vocalists have made themselves stand out be accentuating their shortcoming—Neil Young's nasal whine, Conor Oberst's quavering wail, Bob Dylan's um...Boby Dylanisms. Tim Kasher, lead vocalist and major creative force behind The Good Life and Cursive, often turns his fragile, barely-in-tune voice into a tuneless yelp. It goes beyond distinctive and becomes annoying. On Cursive's brilliant breakout The Ugly Organ, Kasher kept this habit in check. On their follow-up, Happy Hollow, he didn't. One is much better than the other: guess which.

For The Good Life's Help Wanted Nights, Kasher smoothes out his vocals, keeping them in the "distinctive and emotive" range. He's always been an amazing lyricist, and his yelping often detracted from what he was saying. Now, his tales of blue collar love lost and whip-smart lines like "One man's bend is another man's gurney," come through loud and clear, without being marginzalied by a distracting vocal tic.

Lost in all of this is the steady improvement by the backing band that comprises The Good Life. Musically, this is the most ambitious album they have undertaken, and they perform admirably on songs like "Share of Men".
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