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Old 02-15-2015, 05:32 PM   #106
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It is pretty good. This and pond are making for a good year in music so far.




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So who has the CD version? Alongside the lyric booket/poster there is "Exercises for Listening", one for each song, it's brilliant.
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So who has the CD version? Alongside the lyric booket/poster there is "Exercises for Listening", one for each song, it's brilliant.

I do, I like the artwork and booklets.
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Old 02-19-2015, 05:57 PM   #109
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A few more spins now. He played Honeybear when I saw him last. I wasn’t a big fan of it, but it’s much better on record thanks to some warm, lush instrumentation. I still don’t think it’s a great opener though. I’m not as big on Chateau Lobby as everyone else, but still a good tune. I really like the verse about staying in her bed, and the sunny horn break that follows.

True Affection remains easily my favourite song on the album. Josh Tillman said he was trying to tune a girl via text and email so the song had to be “synthetic and inorganic” (this is a great read). It works so, so well. Smiling and Astride Me is another favourite. I am a huge fan of the oh oh ohs and the instrumentation underneath those, sort of like a darkly romantic take on The Beatles. A really satisfying song, it feels like there’s something at stake, which kind of belies the lyrics. Love the line “when you’re smiling and astride me / I can hardly believe I found you / and I’m terrified by that”, it taps well into that psuedo-fear of “what if I hadn’t found this?”

Thirsty Crow and Strange Encounter don’t do that much for me but the former gets by on its brilliantly acerbic lyrics and the latter has got some nice stuff going on musically, the drumming’s quite good. The Ideal Husband brings things right back though, it fucking rocks, particularly towards the end. Love it.

Bored in the USA I enjoy if I’m in the right mood. It doesn’t quite earn its run time, I find myself looking forward to the “useless education” line because I actually enjoy the laugh track.

Holy Shit is a really nice late-album tune, it’s quite light and sees Tillman sort of gets his Fitter Happier on. The last verse is beautiful. And I like Store One Day as well, it’s got a bit of a Nick Drake vibe to it. And I love that on a concept album that spends most of its time extolling how great his wife is, it finishes on this soft, slow, beautiful but ho-hum “seen you round / what’s your name”.
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Old 02-20-2015, 05:26 PM   #110
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Holy Shit is a really nice late-album tune, it’s quite light and sees Tillman sort of gets his Fitter Happier on. The last verse is beautiful.
I am a big fan of this track, but I wouldn't call it light. I see it as pretty heavy thematically. The lyrical idea that the world is full of bullshit, but your life doesn't need to be consumed by it is a great one in that it's simultaneously cynical and optimistic. This guy is a damn good lyricist.
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Old 02-20-2015, 05:40 PM   #111
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I was referring to the music, it's certainly got something to say lyrically.
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Give a close reading to the lyrics in Strange Encounter. That has to be one of the more disturbing songs he's written and it takes on a whole new meaning in the context of a record that's primarily about how much he loves his wife.

Also, I love the laugh track in Bored in the USA.
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Finally caught up with this and love it. A little surprised it hasn't yielded more discussion.


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Thirsty Crow and Strange Encounter don’t do that much for me but the former gets by on its brilliantly acerbic lyrics and the latter has got some nice stuff going on musically, the drumming’s quite good. The Ideal Husband brings things right back though, it fucking rocks, particularly towards the end. Love it.
Didn't we take you to the Thirsty Crow when you were in town?


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And I love that on a concept album that spends most of its time extolling how great his wife is, it finishes on this soft, slow, beautiful but ho-hum “seen you round / what’s your name”.
Thought I read somewhere (maybe the P-Fork review?) that those were literally the first words he said to her.
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Yeah, that song is about meeting her for the first time.
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Didn't we take you to the Thirsty Crow when you were in town?
Ohh really?! We went to three bars from memory, the first one was kind of like a tiki bar, we had food outside, then drove to yours and then walked to the place with a round bar and lots of whiskey, and then the one with the ugly douchebags kissing good-looking girls.

I would love to know if one of those was the Thirsty Crow. Particularly if it was the last one, because then I would have to strongly disagree that "nothing good ever happens" there
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Also from what I've read I thought she said those words to him. Either way, I just think it's a brilliantly ironic but still lovely way to end the album.
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Ohh really?! We went to three bars from memory, the first one was kind of like a tiki bar, we had food outside, then drove to yours and then walked to the place with a round bar and lots of whiskey, and then the one with the ugly douchebags kissing good-looking girls.

I would love to know if one of those was the Thirsty Crow. Particularly if it was the last one, because then I would have to strongly disagree that "nothing good ever happens" there
It was the second one, the whiskey bar.
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Anything good happen there?
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Not really. Bunch of bourgeois Silver Lake assholes and overpriced drinks.
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So, you're saying nothing good ever happens at the goddamn Thirsty Crow?
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