It’s starting to get a little colder as we transition from Fall to Winter here in Ohio. I love Fall here so much. The leaves change and it hangs around 65-75 degrees. Some people like it cold, some hot…I like where I basically feel like Troy in last week’s Community episode.
It’s amazing how a certain place or time can make you feel like an album. Minus the Bear should be played in Salt Lake City when it snows, or Something Corporate should play driving on I-5 north of Portland. For me cold Ohio means Mimicking Birds. An album I listened to on repeat last winter and then haven’t touched all summer suddenly feels perfect again. And really, how could it not? I mean, listen to it.
Anyhow, I’m trying to write a thesis these days, which can be a little overwhelming. At all times I feel like I’m either writing or I should be writing. But it’s also hard to just sit down and do it. I mean, what exactly do I “do”? Not like I can just sit down and crank out 10 pages as if I know what to write next at all time. Because of this I’ve fallen behind on the blog again. I don’t know why I feel guilty about such things, but sometimes I feel like a blog should either be updated constantly or not at all. Maybe that’s just me. To deal with it, I’m going to be all about the mini reviews, which some may prefer reading anyhow. For example:
Boy & Bear – “Moonfire” ★★★
Boy & Bear come at you from Australia, though their sound is more reminiscent of the American indie folk movement or a diet Mumford & Sons, ampersand and all. If you strip away the bombast of Mumford and add a dash of heart you get Boy & Bear, who may be destined for a hit someday themselves as well. I would suggest that that hit would be “Feeding Line”, the catchiest song on the album, complete with my favorite instrument: the mandolin.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “Hysterical” ★★1/2
A very hit and miss album where many of the tracks sound pleasant on their own, but the overall album doesn’t have the feel of anything memorable. However, “Misspent Youth” is a glorious, heart-wrenching track that deserves all 99 cents of your attention, while “Same Mistake” and “Yesterday, Never” might just deserve another 198 cents.
Switchfoot – “Vice Verses” ★★★
I’m tempted to say this is their best work since “A Beautiful Letdown”, and looking back at their other album I think it’s possibly true from the overall perspective. Solid across the board, well balanced between energy and the soft content they excel at, and home to a couple standouts like “Restless” and “Where I Belong”, it’s a welcome addition for any Switchfoot fan.
Until next time!