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Forget Beck's "Sea Change" -- this is the real thing
on January 3, 2003
This is great stuff, folks. Lilting, sweet melodies. Painstakingly gorgeous, simple but surprising arrangements. Sharply etched, distinctive songs. Smart lyrics that, like the best, steer clear of the maudlin or predictable, embrace the absurd or surreal with heart and resonance (think Dylan's "Desolation Row"), and leaven the warmly emotional tone of the songs with wit and grit. Tone- and arrangement-wise, it's not unlike Beck's over-praised "Sea Change", but where that one veers into lugubrious, self-pitying monotony, this one just sparkles with intelligence, craft and heart, not to mention a tongue that one suspects -- but couldn't quite say for sure -- is lodged just slightly in cheek. A delightful record.