Jim O'Rourke
Halfway to a Threeway


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chewbacca USER (32 Reviews)
August 20th, 2005 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


That's a rather happy plush frog, isn't it? I wonder what it could possibly be thinking at this very moment. Maybe it daydreams of lush meadows, waking up to the sounds of birds chirping away, with the sun breaking through the blinds of its window and shining into it's eyes. Or, maybe, it's listening to Jim O'Rourke's Halfway to a Threeway. Many know Jim O'Rourke as a producer, composer, musician, and third guitarist in Sonic Youth, though I doubt that any average person even knows this. I think they should. Do you want to know why? Well....

Halfway to a Threeway is so deceptively simple, that it's hard to believe at times. Most of the songs are built around a simple acoustic guitar progression, with other instruments layered overtop of the jangly guitar playing, with piano accents throughout some of the songs, especially "The Workplace". The songs are wonderfully melodic, but not so as to shove every melody right into your face, reaching for your attention. Instead, the melodies are fairly subdued, meaning that you have to listen a little more than you would on any "normal" pop record. The first three songs are all beautiful, with trumpet motifs coming in at certain points, providing a rather jazzy feel to the songs. "Fuzzy Sun" is obviously the most "pop" of the songs, as you can tell from the rather brief running length of two-and-a-half-minutes. The best song, though, is easily the title track. Jim and a echoing choir, somehow sounding distant, harmonize over a rather simple acoustic backing, once again deceptively simple and melodic. Now I know why that frog on the cover is so cheerful lookiing. Halfway to a Threeway is a record that makes you happy, no matter what life my bring you. The music is so astoundingly beautiful, but yet Jim does it with a small amount of instruments. I can certainly forgive Jim for the length, because he has certainly provided one of my favorite pieces of music to this day, and that is something that's hard to do.



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Chilly-Bean-Bop
August 20th 2005


344 Comments


Great review. :thumb:

Iai
Emeritus
August 20th 2005


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Even better artwork.

DesolationRow
August 21st 2005


833 Comments


Hehe, that frog is rockin. Good short and sweet review.

el doctor
August 21st 2005


83 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review of a very warm album. "The Workplace" is an awesome and rather funny song. The EP on the whole is the perfect complement to Eureka.

And of course, the frog rocks.

masada
August 27th 2005


2733 Comments


What is a "bump," Alex?

masada
October 13th 2005


2733 Comments


I think this deserves another healthy bump. It's still a really good album, and Pitchfork's review is pretty interesting also. They gave it a 8.0. =cO

morrissey
Moderator
October 13th 2005


1688 Comments


That album cover alone makes me want to buy this and frame it. Maybe give it a listen too.

masada
December 9th 2005


2733 Comments


Somebody needs to review some more Jim O'Rourke, like say.. Eureka or I'm Happy, and I'm Singing 1, 2, 3, 4..

*hint*

js300
November 7th 2012


1 Comments


my review for it: http://doyouwantnewwave.blogspot.com/2012/11/jim-orourke-halfway-to-threeway-ep.html



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