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Our Lady of the Broken Spine

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Audio CD, November 15, 2005
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music for Cats
  • ASIN: 555862678X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By GeoX on November 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Our Lady of the Broken Spine may initially disappoint fans of Reverend Glasseye's superlative debut album, Black River Falls. In the four-year gap between the two, it's only natural that their sound should not have remained static, but initially the change is a little disorienting. There is considerably less of the "midnight cabaret" vibe on Our Lady; it sounds, if not exactly anything approaching "conventional," then less aggressively stylized. MUCH less like Tom Waits. This at first disappointed the Waits fan in me, but the music here is strong enough to ultimately sweep away any misgivings.

The Reverend has always had great lyrics, even if they have frequently been nearly indecipherable; thankfully, this time they're included in the booklet. Thematically, this is actually a much more unified record than its predecessor: nearly all the songs are first-person narratives delivered by people who are horribly, cripplingly damaged-physically, mentally, spiritually, or, more often, some combination. Hence, the album's title: Our Lady being presumably their patron saint. They desperately struggle to escape their burdens, but-naturally-their efforts are inevitably doomed.

Take "Mother Is a Carpegian." The narrator rails against, and exacts horrible revenge on, a man who has seduced (or that he imagines might seduce) his daughter, as he exhibits a strange fascination with genetics: "I've got a daughter and she looks like me/well she oughta, she's got half of my genes." This is one seriously deranged individual; the song would be good enough as it is, but then at the end we queasily come to realize that the narrator's concern for his daughter is not entirely paternal in nature. It's deadly effective, and illustrates the band's increasing lyrical sophistication.
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well, what can I say completely different but very good, nice liric and very good music. Kind of folk-brass- burlesque. I rally hoop to see them once!
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By Thingfish33 on April 4, 2015
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Amazingly unique and highly inventive. Gloomy stuff man.
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