Jason Falkner Can You Still Feel?
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and -Grays member Jason Falkner continues to mine a complicated baroque pop with his second solo album. Coproduced by Jason and Nigel Godrich (who were behind the boards on Radiohead's OK Computer
), Can You Still Feel?
is a heavily textured wash of modern psychedelic guitars and subliminally affecting multitracked vocals. Essentially "problematic pop," Falkner's music is at once hummable and stunningly elaborate, as befits a former Juilliard student. "Author Unknown" features an undeniably catchy chorus yet for the rest of the song is devilishly complex, with clever vocal production tricks and a sonic whiplash mix of acoustic and electric guitars. Best are "Revelation" and "Goodnight Sweet Night," both straight-to-the-point misty-eyed ballads accentuated by Falkner's sad, sweeping orchestration. Falkner is an acquired taste well worth acquiring. --Rob O'Connor