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Saturday, October 18, 2008

100 Words or Less

My life is much too hectic to devote large amounts of time to all of the albums that are simply begging to be reviewed.  Therefore, it does me good to clean out the closet every now and then with 100-word reviews.  Plus it's a good exercise in being to the point, which I tend to have a problem with as evidenced by this introductory paragraph and, more specifically, this run-on sentence which may or may not have been constructed simply to prove my point.  Let's just get on with it, shall we?

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The Western States Motel: Painted Birds Flying in the Orange Mirror Sun

Carl Jordan, the sole member of The Western States Motel, has put together a small collection of charming songs for this EP. His songs are acoustic guitar-driven pieces of indie pop in the vein of Rogue Wave’s Out of the Shadow - only happier. “Trans Am” has all the makings of an instant classic with Jordan thinking out loud, “I think we were in love but I don’t think we ever figured it out.” The bouncy “Bring Me Down Tomorrow” and beautiful “A Moment in the Sun” are j
ust begging to be added to any hipster’s collection. Check it out.

Key Tracks:
1. "Oh World" 
2. "Trans Am"
3. "A Moment in the Sun"

8 out of 10 Stars
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The Streets:  Everything is Borrowed

The general consensus among music critics is that Mike Skinner’s best work existed on his first two albums. However, I’ve found his last album and this, his newest, to be equally as impressive if not more so. There are funny moments, truthful songs about nothing in particular, and songs like “The Escapist” which could easily be considered among The Street’s best. “On the Edge of a Cliff” is a nice little anti-suicide song that puts things into perspective, while “The Strongest Person I know” is just a flat-out bedtime story. It’s not bad at all. I recommend it.

Key Tracks:
1. "Heaven for the Weather"
2. "The Way of the Dodo"
3. "On the Flip of a Coin"
4. "On the Edge of a Cliff"
5. "The Escapist"

8 out of 10 Stars

3 comments:

t said...

It's really good to hear from you again! Will you be continuing with these sporadic posts now and then or will you shut AO down completely sometime soon? Because if you'll still be around the next months, The Veils and The Paddingtons are both releasing new materials that might be worth a look.

Cheers =)

Cale said...

I wouldn't expect Audio Overflow to return to its former glory anytime soon, but yes, sporadic posts are to be expected. It just depends on when I can find the time to do them.

I've already started working on my end-of-year lists, and I'm working on nominees for the 5th Annual Cale Awards. So things are coming. It's just a matter of when. Thanks for keeping up with the site!

t said...

Yeah, it's always been a great blog to follow so it's not yet been erased from my morning coffee-read (or nowadays; morning coffee-check =P) list.

Looking forward to the lists and awards btw, always a nice read.