|1. How It Should Be (Sha Sha)|
|2. Wasted & Ready|
|3. Family Tree|
|4. "Commerce, TX"|
|5. In Other Words|
|6. Walk On Me|
|7. Make It Up|
|8. No Reason|
|10. Harriet's Got A Song|
Kweller has no need to hang off the coattails of any of his famous friends, though--his grasp of guitar pop is totally instinctive, and sweetly accessible. Check the likes of "How It Should Be (Sha Sha)", featuring a cooing Kimya Dawson of NYC anti-folksters Moldy Peaches, or the splendidly naive emo crunch of "Commerce, TX", both of which demonstrate an impressive grasp of quiet-loud dynamics and the occasional tantrum-like flurry of raw emotion that would put the excellent Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes to shame. This is highly recommended.--Louis Pattison
In "Wasted & Ready," he rocks out with some solid guitar riffing about "the slacker lifestyle," while in "How It Should Be (sha-sha)" he twists words over "Heart and Soul" piano chording like a game, singing: "nothing isn't nothing, nothing's something that's important to me" and "when I was an astronaut I bought a fancy charm/I thought you'd like it but you called it 'cheap'/and at my feet it fell."
Rather than just dropping a dozen derivative, alternative radio-friendly rock songs on his debut in hopes of competing with the likes of Blink 182, Kweller offers a range of styles and colors on Sha Sha.
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