The Weepies
Hideaway


4.0
excellent

Review

by Caleb McAlpine USER (108 Reviews)
August 8th, 2009 | 22 replies | 7,635 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Weepies' unmistakable tendency to self-cannabilize is finally outweighed by their ability to make faultless folk-pop.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Husband and wife duo Deb Talan and Steve Tannen were never under-equipped in terms of potentiality and their capacity to make hook-laden folk-pop songs, but their uncanny proclivity to self-plagiarize hemorrhaged their listenability: their sophomore release 'Say I Am You' was a testament to said fact. In a deplorable case of monotony, 'Say I Am You' provided thirteen picture-perfect tunes that all sounded completely alike. However, with their most recent release - Hideaway - the two have taken their compositions into much broader and diverse territory; Tannen seems to have discovered a 'Let's Play Jazz Chords!' music theory book and exercises his warm voice more often than previously; Talan progresses equally by tweaking her strikingly memorable melodies to fit with the much improved song structures. While cuts that would've fit in benignly on 'Say I Am You' are still present in songs such as the languid 'How You Survived the War' and the jovial 'All This Beauty' ("All this beauty, you might have to close your eyes"), they are tastefully littered around songs that do not sound exactly the same, drastically improving the listenability of 'Hideaway'.

Opener 'Can't Go Back Now' highlights Tannen's new-found comfortability at the helm of vocal delivery whilst 'Wish I Could Forget' exemplifies his newly honed, lighthearted jazz-blues structures (the wonders of a few minor seventh and ninth chords are astounding). Vocally, both Tannen and Talan outpour their most accomplished effort to date, expanding their repertoire to include vocal layering and somehow improved harmonies (how do you improve perfection? Ask the Weepies!) while decidedly keeping their trademark catchiness fully intact. The always-happy poppycock and balderdash present on 'Say I Am You' has also been disposed of; 'Hideaway' isn't wholly somber - there are some very clear life-celebratory songs - but tunes like 'Little Bird' and 'Orbiting' keep the record from being asphyxiatingly cute, making the album as a whole much more digestible. Regardless of what you're doing or where you're at - rinsing the dishes, watching a CSI marathon - any given song on 'Hideaway' is applicable to your mood. 'Hideaway' is a record that works just as well when listening to one or two select songs from it as it does when listening to the album as a whole -- something none of the The Weepies' back catalogue can be accredited to. For all their efforts, the married duo warrants my complete praise: thanks for the brilliant album! Oh, and congrats on your baby!



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Waior
August 8th 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is pretty short but I really couldn't think of how to expand it. It's less bloated than my usual reviews though, so I guess that's good? Yeah. Whilst.

Also, Sputnik's home page seems to be having an aneurysm. Anybody else getting that?

TricksterGRex
August 8th 2009



2087 Comments


sounds pretty cool just wish their band name wasn't so gay

Waior
August 8th 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know if you would like this but you would like this because it's impossible not to like this, k.

TricksterGRex
August 8th 2009



2087 Comments


but would i listen to this

joshuatree
Emeritus
August 8th 2009



3743 Comments


besides the usage of 'whilst' and 'self-cannibalize' this is one of your better reviews yet, also might check this out

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2009



14986 Comments


proclivity

Waior
August 9th 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm going to remain stubborn on the 'whilst', joshuatree, but is there a word that would be a better choice instead of 'self-cannibalize'?

djdorama. The review is clearly art. The word proclivity is equivocally warranted.

Trickster, probably not.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2009



14986 Comments


btw ive been cravin some wistful indie pop so im gonna get this

nice review pos'd

Waior
August 9th 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, thanks. Pretty positive you'd enjoy this (maybe not as much as I did, I have slight emotional connection). Come back with rating/opinion some time.



robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2009



14986 Comments


i've gotta get home in two weeks and i'll probably get this first thing

sounds like something i'd dig though sometimes this stuff seems a little corny but

i loved the juno soundtrack and this sounds like it'd fit right in sooooo haha

Douglas
August 9th 2009



9057 Comments


Album art makes me wanna check this out

Waior
August 9th 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You'd like this, Dougie. Get it.

Douglas
August 9th 2009



9057 Comments


It's on the list!

Roach
August 9th 2009



2149 Comments


Good review. Pos'd.

wens
September 30th 2009



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree with your praise of this album, however I don't hear that much of a change of direction from the earlier albums.

Waior
September 30th 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, I just can't please you, can I?

bears
October 21st 2009



106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Its so... NICE...!

But nothing pulls me back for more.

DiceMan
November 3rd 2009



7068 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is good.

Waior
November 3rd 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Musical equivalent of benevolence.

Roach
November 3rd 2009



2149 Comments


It's when you say things like that I just don't know.



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