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5.0 out of 5 stars
laid back brazen, 27 Aug. 2009
My son said: I like this, don't love it, why do you think it's so good? I said: It's so slick it should have been a crime. Actually, you cannot answer that question or most any about SD without a couple of years. But in a couple of minutes, here goes. Even Cole Porter's back-handed lyrics, song-stretching melodies and definitive harmonies are far from this, and this stuff distills my generation, musically, lyrically, morally, philosophically, politically, ironically. Gaucho is too funny and too complex to recite for meaning, much less play without the full band - just listen. Babylon Sisters makes life look like the smoothest SF trip until you crash. Larry Carlton's guitar solo on Third World Man sets the standard - never heard its equal for lyricism, drive and build. My Rival is the best song story ever told, beats Nick Cave in a whole different genre, presages the alternate universe sophisticated They Might Be Giants. This is music and lyric worthy of repeat enjoyment, and of study.
After actually getting this far, I just had to say, this cannot be explained. Perhaps you must first live 30 years investigating all kinds of music, the drive of harmony plus the connection of melody and rhythm to lyrics, and decide for yourself whether better lyrics could have been written by Ginsburg or Dylan, and whether anyone by any name could have created this most apt musical setting, and whether it moves you. Or perhaps you just have to listen to it 3 times, carefully. Maybe it only moves me, but I suspect if you devote some time to it, you will see this is it, and somewhere in there is something big that becomes the mp3 content for the baby boom memorial service, fast approaching. Move over Cole.