Recommended


Full disclosure: I heard “Around the bend” on the ipod commercial. I am no expert on this group. And as a result the little amount of indie cred I may have suffers.

Apple had it right though. This is a group that, at the time of writing this, has no full release CD available. The songs I’ve heard (theres 4 that I’ve found) one has to dig through the internet to find. Each song is just as brilliant as the one prior each one as catchy and fun as the next.

Check it out.
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In no particular order and for no particular reasons other than they are great albums:

  • Grant Lee Buffalo – Mighty Joe Moon
  • Jeff Buckley – Grace
  • Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
  • Ether Aura – Before We Could Sing
  • The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin
  • Emmylou Harris – Wrecking Ball

I figured that since this was my first crack at any sort of review, I would start with an easy and familiar one:

The Mountain Goats – Heretic Pride – (8.5/10)

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This is one of those rare albums that, once familiar, there is a desire to sincerely thank the musicians involved in its production.

It took a while for this one to grow on me, but the ones I like the best always seem to do that. John Darnielle’s anomalous voice is SO not radio friendly, by any stretch of the imagination. At the same time, when he sings, he delivers more meaning and comfort than simply the words alone can bring.

Darnielle’s other great assets are his songwriting and storytelling abilities. Though simple his style is elegant and to the point. With the poetic and introspective lyrics accompanied with a prefect mix of instrumentation to make each song an experience.

My only complaint is that when mixed with their previous work, thins start to sound a bit “samey”. However it doesn’t keep this one from being one from going on my Recommended list.

Songs of Interest:

  • San Bernadino
  • Heretic Pride
  • In the Craters On the Moon
  • Marduk T-Shirt Men’s Room Incident