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Folk Implosion ~ One Part Lullaby
It isn't like anybody has been waiting around for "the great L.A. album," but several bands (Guns N' Roses, Hole) have nevertheless tried to make it. Who would expect that it would finally be done by a hung-up East Coast Romeo who followed his love to Los Angeles and found the city strangely to his liking? Folk Implosion singer-lyricist Lou Barlow is noted for his dejected love songs, and now he sings them to a city unsympathetic and detached, made of concrete and overpasses and not one to fall in love. Barlow is lucky that John Davis, his partner in the duo, is more sympathetic to his new metropolitan muse than his roughshod cohorts in Sebadoh. Davis layers dense ribbons of guitar and rhythms to re-create both the hazy pall of pollution that hangs over the city and the complex social strata that lives beneath it. Barlow's lyrics reference both his flight from the East and his "following the setting sun" to arrive in paradise. The centerpiece of this song cycle is "Easy L.A." with it Tupac-y vocoder chorus and sophisticated electronic hum. "Here I am / Never thought I'd be / Among the drifters and directors / A place for me / It's nothing like I thought it was after all." This album is less a lullaby and more a valentine to America's enigmatic oasis. --Lois Maffeo
because I loved this CD so much, until I saw the comments below. Nothing to add but my vote for this desert island disc.Published on September 14, 2006 by Evan Dump
The fact that this album wasn't huge amazes me. Not that quality can necessarily be gauged by popularity, but everyone I've known who's listened to this album has loved it. Read morePublished on January 26, 2005 by M. Bogart
one of the finest records of the 90's, for sure, it's incredible that it spawned no hits.Published on March 21, 2003 by terry fez
I am listening to the album right now! yep. Because it's good. This is perhaps the most fully developed work Lou Barlow has done to date, and the most consistent all the way... Read morePublished on April 8, 2002 by Pen Name?
This CD is awesome. There are very few CDs (including those of my favorite bands) of which I can honestly say I love every song. This one however, is an exception. Read morePublished on September 30, 2001 by Sylvie
In the world of music the effort to sound "modern" often fails miserably, leaving the band regretful of what they have done and many of their fans disappointed. Read morePublished on September 23, 2001 by Vinda
I had started to give up on Lou Barlow. Recent Sebadoh offerings have lacked urgency and force. Sentridoh, a perfect outlet for Barlow's most intimate confessions, has no place... Read morePublished on June 6, 2001 by larry Kandall
If you haven't heard of Folk Implosion, or Lou Barlow buy this album first. It's by far his most accessible work to date, and the songs are catchy with sing along chorus' (see... Read morePublished on October 6, 2000 by "jmcampbe11"
It took me some time to actually listen to this album, as I did not really care for their previous efforts, but once I started I simply could not stop. Read morePublished on September 14, 2000 by themissing