SYNDICATE
Posted by: Dave on August 31, 2001 at 12:11 am

The Ivory Coast frontman Jay Cox isn’t a great singer, but it doesn’t matter. His often ragged and strained vocals are so tuneful and earnest, he’ll have you humming along in no time. You may not remember many of the words, but you’ll know that it felt good – just like early REM and most emo-rock. This intangible feeling stems from the music’s dynamics. Half of the album’s songs (the best being “Swope” and “Lake Placid 1986”) are fueled by frantic guitar assaults that mellow out and build towards the next crescendo, and eventually find closure in an all-out sprint to the finish. Less emotionally schizophrenic are sunshiny ditties like “Five Little Graves” and “Daily Routine” and the pensive reflection “Things A Sword Would Say,” which will grab you with their simplicity. After the first few listens, the chorus “I don’t think I have the power to say” (“To My Brilliant Wigmaker”) is likely to be the only phrase that permanently sticks, but every melody will have already embedded itself somewhere in your subconscious. The music on Clouds is memorable and meant to be experienced live.

– Dave Powers
(As posted 8/31/01 on 3wk.com)



Leave a Reply

Enter your email address for weekly updates: 

August 2001
M T W T F S S
« Jun   Sep »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  


DIRECTORIES
Artists
Genres
Labels
NMN FAVES