Archive for September 2009
I had trouble getting into the beginning of this album, but my defenses were worn down enough to really get into “Daydrunk.” It has those fine pop sensibilities that the kids are always talking about.
“Stars” has good musical accompaniment, but it is crying for a remix. The original version is just a little too slow for it to get going.
“Prison” gets the tempo going, and the results are worth a listen. It’d be nice if the rest of the tracks had the passion and rhythm found here.
Otherwise, there’s nothing lame about the record, but it all runs together, and there’s not a lot memorable to speak of here.
Sold as an electronic performer, I was surprised to hear what’s essentially another singer/songwriter whose voice is too good to end up at a farmers market. “Crumbs and Broken Shells” sounds like something Emily Lord would do, although I don’t know whether Sarah Fimm has any children. The album cover has no baby pictures.
I guess Sarah Fimm could be a Dot Allison/St. Etienne clone, except she isn’t. Nobody can sing as well as Allison, and St. Etienne doesn’t really focus on slow, plodding guitars. But what Fimm does do is great. She is just much better at expressing herself than explaining herself. “Violet” personifies this identity crisis, and she comes off as a lesser Kate Bush. The footsteps she is following require big feet, or something about shoes to fill. Either way, she’s screwed.
There’s another angle to take: Remember B-Tribe? She’s not as ambient as them. (B-Tribe actually weren’t ambient in the slightest, but their only hit was, so that’s what people think.) Fimm is actually too soulful for this comparison. I guess a nice way to say this is that she has a style all her own.
“To Be Alive” is a cross between Portishead and Olive’s slower stuff. Maybe it does have some electronic tendencies, but it’s not something I would have considered it to be on my own. “How Does It Feel” has lush melodies and fitting musical accompaniment. It is the most fundamentally sound track on the album.
You know who she sounds like? I got it. Sinead Lohan. No wonder I like this record so much.
I really enjoy this album, because it reminds me of a ton of disparate stuff that I like, but it doesn’t rip any of it off. I have a lot of respect for anyone who can do that.
Liam Finn & Eliza Jane, Won’t Change My Mind
Belle and Sebastian, We Are the Sleepyheads
Be Your Own Pet, Hillmont Avenue
The Clean, Loog
The B-52s, Pump
Benett, Just Because I Liked You (in the Summertime)
Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions, For the Rest of Your Life
Bettie Serveert, Unsound
Belly, It’s Not Unusual
Madison Park, Another Yesterday
Beat Happening, I’ve Lost You
Bat for Lashes, Seal Jubilee
Bangs, Call and Response
Box Elders, Stay
Babes in Toyland, Live at the Academy
Asobi Seksu, Before We Fall
Asleep in the Park, Nobody Wants
Azure Ray, We Are Mice
astroPuppees, She Can’t Say No
Polite Sleeper, Driving Ohio
April March, I Just Might Crack
The Apples in Stereo, Stream Running Over
Electric Valentine, Take Your Time
Aroah, La Historia Mas Triste
An Horse, Little Little Little
Divisible, Don’t Say Nothin Now
Maya Angelou, Calypso Blues
The Dry Spells, Rhiannon
The Anniversary, Never Die Young
Laurie Anderson, The Ouija Board
Vivian Girls, Can’t Get Over You
Angus & Julia Stone, Just a Boy
The Amps, Tipp City
Thee Headliners, Sketch City
Amanda Blank, Might Like You Better
Lily Allen, Everything’s Just Wonderful
All Girl Summer Fun Band, Lipsmacker Kiss
Dido, Take My Hand
Olivia Broadfield, Don’t Let Go
The Rocking Horse Winner, Playing With Lights