Age of the Sun
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Vinyl, January 22, 2002
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A certain kind of spirituality also seems to be expressed here (fans of The Olivia Tremor Control will be familiar with the joyful yea-saying that permeated that band's two albums), making this collection of masterfully executed pop tunes a healthy fix for the soul as well as for the ears.
Not only are the melodies and lyrics of a sunshiny quality (which is not to say saccharine or in any sense cloying: the emotional level of this music is too real for mere sentiment [this is crystal clear bubbling pop, not treacly syrup]), but they have been enhanced and seasoned with hand claps, electronic effects, bells, xylophone, cellos, mellotron, loops and other delightful ephemera... Brian Wilson's Smile madcap minus the demons that derailed that pop-train.
The world needs more of this kind of stuff.
But, if you love eyes-wide-open, Abbey Road-inspired, Cowsills-meets-Elliott Smith SUNNY pop, look no further than this album.
My favorites are Mr. Summer Day (think Paul McCartney meets Skylarking-era XTC) and Everything is Waking (very "It's a Beautiful Morning" -- reminds me of childhood family vacations when my parents would play Rascals tapes).
The only reason this album doesn't quite get 5 stars is because I think parts are a bit too derivative. The acoustic guitar intro to "Sail Beyond the Sun" sounds waay too much like "Dear Prudence," and the instrumental break in "Everything is Waking" is a bit too derivative of "Pictures of Matchstick Men."
That said, I have to admit this album is possibly as good as Olivia Tremor Control's stuff. It's a close call, but this album probably has more good songs than Doss's other efforts, and this album is a bit more eclectic when it comes to the style of the overall sound. Circulatory System is my personal favorite album from everyone ever associated with Elephant 6, but this album is right on the heals of that album. I recommend listening to this album loud and with decent speakers, so you can get the full effect of the instruments and Doss's voice. It's such a great feeling to listen to the album in my car or house, turned up really loud and hearing Doss's voice echoing around the room and throughout my head. A great experience in music.
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This is a spin-off of Olivia Tremor Control.
It comes from the more poppish half of that band, but still retains many of the wonderful wacked-out psychedelic turns and... Read more
I bought this album for the same reason I believe most people do; I loved The Olivia Tremor Control and wanted to hear more. Read morePublished on April 2, 2009 by Kevin A. Kaproff
I feel like this album could have easily served as the B-side to the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour album. Read morePublished on April 25, 2006 by Andrew Way