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Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear
For someone who "hates that soulful affectation white girls put on", this white guy sure seems to enjoy filtering his thick-headed sexual transgressions through lush old-timey arrangements and pompous balladry. Starts tellingly sardonic enough; sounding something like a 1950's country ballroom while FJM coos to his honeybear amidst pointing out blood & cum on the sheets and bending her over the altar. Similar eye-roll-cringe aside, there are some shining moments: the dense and bouncy "Chateau Lobby 4", the neutral and electronic "True Affection"; and could-be staple modern satire "Bored in the USA" - the only track where his candor actually c
No Cities to Love
The opening full-on ferocity of "Price Tag" had me double-taking at these ladies' ages - and though from thereon out they tone down the turbulence, it allows for some pretty idealistic blending of tough+raw with sweet+catchy; with consistent mastery in forming crooked+crafty hooks out of their jagged guitar jolts throughout. Confident, fun, hard-hitting, oh and a reunion album at that. Mean age: about 44.
Man, It Feels like Space Again
Like a Virgin
What originally sounded like stale shlock eventually transformed into pleasant polish, and I got past the leviathan length and shaky concept - partly from taking it one disc at a time, but mostly because, well, the songs are great, even if 90% of them are overlong. Their classily restrained prog rock weaves from the softest of soft acoustics and piano to soaring mellotron symphonics to the heavy stuff with fluidity and expertise, the lack of production-gimmickry is admirable, and of course the vocalist: a sappy and skillful beaut indeed, who's range can take him from genteel+angelic falsetto to triumphant+shirtless mountain man yell.
Teaspoon to the Ocean
Maybe it's just the torture that came along with this being released in the dead of winter, but it seems to capture island warmth in an unassuming and amateurish psych-pop package - particularly noteworthy is the lively live drumming, but the soft+wobbly layers of hazy keys, surf guitar, mystery noise, and dopey melodic vocals that lie somewhere between Animal Collective and Auto-Tune are all a hoot too.
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