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We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River
 
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We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River

17 Aug. 2009 | Format: MP3

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I considered "Thirteen Cities" to be Richmond Fontaine's masterpiece and thought they'd never be able to better it. On the first couple of hearings of "We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River", I felt I'd been right. But it's the ultimate "grower" and now it's my favourite record of 2009. The songs are less heartbreaking than some of Willy Vlautin's canon, and the band has dared to make concessions to commercialism. But who could deny their right to do that, especially as there is absolutely no loss of integrity and the critical reaction has been so positive? The single, "You Can Move Back Here" is a glittering gem, up there with the best jangly REM tracks. Lyrical food for thought is everywhere, with The Boyfriends seemly packing an entire Vlautin novel into three minutes and twenty-eight seconds. The most moving song for me is "Watch Out", even though it only contains nine words and a whispered chorus of just two words. This album may just be Richmond Fontaine's breakthrough, and then justice will finally have been done.
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I agree wholeheartedly with all the positive reviews for this wonderful album. Yes it is not everyone's taste but if you like Americana in the alt country folk mould then you will love this record. It is difficult these days to place recordings in a specific genre so dont let the tag I have given this put you off if you arent into Americana. The songs and indeed the instrumentals on here are beautifully crafted and the storytelling is gripping. It is a grower and gets better with every listen. So stop reading the reviews and go and buy it as this album would grace any record collection.
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Willy Vlautin is a real talent and this cd showcases his story songs to perfection. If you haven't explored his work...START NOW!! Get his 2 novels (Northline and This Motel Life - both heartbreakingly good stories of ordinary Americans facing life's problems head on). Willy hasn't got the strongest voice but makes up for it with his delivery. The band sound better than ever and paint sounds to complement the words. Wholeheartedly recommended!!
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Definitly needs a couple of listens to fully appreciate where RF are going here ... different from their previous releases - the music is more commercial and appealing to the wider Americana audience but still holds true to their hardcore fans. The lyrics, aswith all RF albums are mesmerizing; so simple and real that transports us into the lives of the working class with touching short stories.

Whereas 'The Fitzgerald' is their cult masterpiece, 'We Used to think ...' is another gem from RF.
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By Will on 14 Aug. 2009
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i loved 13 cities desert feel, but this sounds like an all together tighter album to me. Stand out tracks are probably 'Maybe We were Both Born Blue' and 'The Boyfriends', but it makes most sense listened through as whole. Variously angry, hopeful, melancholic and uplifiting it's an amazing journey of an album, great cover too. Can't wait to hear it live.
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