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Shy Pursuit
Shy Pursuit
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great album, May 1, 2012
This review is from: Shy Pursuit (Audio CD)
Shy Pursuit is the third formal LP released by The Spinto Band, and it is the first recorded in their homespun recording studio in Delaware. Essentially a DIY endeavor, the album sparkles with the polish of professional production while indulging in the sonic quirks and experimentation made possible by being your own boss in the studio.

1. "Cookie Falls" - This is a nice lead off number with a 1960s feel about it. Simple and effective guitar riff with a breezy pace, combined with an uptempo bit here and there towards the end. I'd describe this song as "offensive to no one."

2. "Muesli" - A personal favorite with some interesting soundscapes. A jangly tune that may or may not be about a human encounter with a rabbit and a spider.

3. "Take It" - Solid tune with a fresh beat. Has a popular music video which is worthwhile to anyone. Phat bass line in the verse with a killer chorus.

4. "Jackhammer" - Very happy to see this glorious song on the record, despite being previously released on an under-exposed EP. It appears to have been re-recorded, which is a smart move because the new production enhances the track even more. I've listened to this song a lot, and it hasn't gotten old yet. Pleasant vocal harmonies and killer guitar riffs abound.

5. "Leave Yourself Alone" - The worthy debut by guitarist Joey Hobson, wherein he pleads with a damsel in distress, more or less. Catchy melodies, strong chorus and I hope we get to hear more from Mr. Hobson in future releases.

6. "Ada Lee" - This is a unique tune that fits appropriately in the middle of the record. It's a bit of a departure in tone for the Spinto Band, but it seems to work. It progresses interestingly toward the end when they turn the headlights on.

7. "Keep Them Alive" - Heard previously alongside "Jackhammer", I always loved this one but felt that the EP recording didn't fully capitalize on the potential for this song to really pack a punch. And that's exactly what they did here with a new recording, the punch has been packed and this for me is a definite favorite. Pop music at its finest and most interesting.

8. "Father's Office" - Fun tune, haven't dissected the lyrics yet, but I am looking forward to it. Some good piano going on here, as well as the next track. Smooth vocals.

9. "Out of It" - This track is classic Thomas Hughes, with a catchy verse about someone named Ann. Again, haven't fully dissected these lyrics yet, but he can be a bit of a wordsmith, which always adds another dimension to the enjoyment of these tracks. Some of the instrumentation here has a cool retro production sound to it.

10. "The Living Things" - Young Nick Krill strongly closes out the album with this acoustic guitar-driven number. This song is about biological prohibitions and/or putting the moves on a girl ("Take me by the hand, I'll be no good"). Whatever it is, it turns a simple chord progression into a party with a lot of cool things going on.

I love albums where "every track is good." That's the case here, and I believe this record will have a lot of staying power. These songs are detailed such that each new listen reveals previously unheard ticks and tocks that ensure a lasting freshness. Now that I think about it, that's a good way to describe Shy Pursuit as an album, "a party with lots of cool things going on." And we should all thank The Spinto Band for sending everyone the invitation.

Ancient Melodies of the Future
Ancient Melodies of the Future
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4.0 out of 5 stars sounds good to me, July 10, 2001
i like this album. i enjoy built to spill's short and sweet pop songs more than their drawn-out guitar epics. favorite songs: the host, the weather, fly around my pretty little miss, strange. there's not much to say except, if you like built to spill, especially KILAS and TNWWL, then you'll like this.

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