Author: Kurt Morris
3/4/2002 | Action Attack Helicopter | actionattackhelicopter.com | Album Review
If the Good Life is trying to get the listener to black out from pain of listening to their sophomore release, they're going to have to do a helluva lot worse than this. However, the band surely doesn't let one forget the album's title, as there are three songs with the title "Black Out", each a progression in the story laid out on this fourteen song release. The concept roughly follows where The Good Life left off with their debut, Novena On A Nocturn : that age old problem of broken hearts on the mend. On Black Out, Tim Kasher & company utilize a wide array of musical instruments including Kasher's favorite toy, the sequencer, to make for a sometimes rockin, sometimes subdued, but always melancholic release. The album showcases what might be seen by some as an almost autobiographical account on the part of Kasher to describe the mix of failed relationships, drinking, more failed relationships and yet more drinking. Surprisingly, many of the songs are quite musically upbeat, but lyrically they're almost all downers. Novena On A Nocturn followed the simple routine of "sad sounding song = lyrically sad song" but that equation doesn't hold here for the most part. It might require multiple listens in order to get used to the change of pace, but in the end, it's well worth it. While fans of Cursive may disagree, The Good Life's Black Out gives any previous release by Kasher a lyrical run for its money. By no means a mind-blowing piece of art, this gold packaged disc is still quite special.
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