Album of the Year
Author: Julian Young
08/09/2004 | Stomp | www.stomp.com.au | Album Review
Charles Bukowski has been reincarnated as a musician. He specializes in decadent lo-fi and his name is Tim Kasher. This third full-length album by Kasher's The Good Life on Omaha, Nebraska's Saddle Creek Records recaptures the nihilistic drawl and laconic sound pioneered by Pavementówith a triple shot of ingenuity.A seemingly boastful title, "Album of the Year" merely reflects the hungover self-deprecation consisten throughout this unique album's presence, echoing an irony that is not lost on the band's name itself. The Good Life dwell within a world of booze, bars and late night encounters destined to become one night stands, ricocheting into dangerous cocktails of inebirated passion. Albom of the Year explores the beauty and romance to be found in the sordid underbelly of this nocturnal realm, capturing its pungent essence by crafting a sublime dichotomy that undulates between supine ballads and crushing crescendos. Songs may begin with a lullaby of softly plucked strings and brushed snares, blossoming into a swirling mist of hooks, only to transform into a Weezeresque howl of liberation. Kasher's cryptic murmurs are delivered in a colloquially intimate manner, seducing you not only with intriguing narration, but also staggering word play. Album of the Year will have you ordering more at last call.