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3.0 out of 5 stars Eight years is enough time to get some perspective., 3 Jun 2011
This review is from: Mouthfuls (Audio CD)
Now that the indie-folk scene has had nearly a decade to wear thin it's probably best if we all took a bit of a step back and calmed down. Musically this album is fairly solid and on first listen it manages to tick most of the boxes for having on in the background on sunny sunday. There are certainly tracks that would not sound out of place in many of those independent comedic dramas that nevertheless contain sizable hollywood names, but there are problems. Lyrically (and lets face it, with a lack of instrumental experimentation, this genre relies on lyrics more than most) this album has serious holes. The entirely superfluous Track Rabbits is a perfect example of semi-instrumental gone all wrong and its continuous 'la, la, las' only serve to underline that Eric D. Johnson seems to have run out of ideas. The only problem is even when he has ideas they aren't anything astounding. Heavy with allusions to nature we are told that 'wind blows', 'tree trunks have rings', 'little acorns become mighty oaks' and various other philosophical musings which would not be out of place in a primary school science lesson. This in itself wouldn't be so bad if they weren't delivered (over and over again) with such a conviction of originality. The verses can (and do) become repetitive (particularly the numerous, airy 'ooooohs'), but provided you don't pay too much attention to them there are some undeniably good hooks (particularly in When U Love Somebody and Magic Hour). Indeed it's worth mentioning that the only song to fully avoid the clichéd nature tales (When U Love Somebody) is easily the best, filled with a sunny disposition which makes up for the fact that it only has only one verse repeated over and over again. But at most two stand-out songs and a few other tolerable ones do not make a good album. That said eight years later it has stood Fruit Bats in good stead if not simultaneously aging as well.
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