Nana Grizol
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3.5
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by natey USER (46 Reviews)
January 25th, 2010 | 7 replies | 5,261 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: and a song well sung is a sung well song so sing / if nothing else you must remember that you're still breathing

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Oh karma chameleon / Are you in tune to the voice that makes that noise saying your work here is done? /
And do you dream at night of thoughts inside you'll never tell no one / Unless you find some way to mask them in some sarcastic pun?
... Theo Wilson (Zumm Zumm, Defiance Ohio) rhymes on "Motion in the Ocean", tongue twisting, voice wavering, accompanied by pretty guitars, horns, and glock. Wilson's voice and poetry are the life of this simple indie pop album, accompanied by Neutral Milk Hotel vets Laura Carter and Robbie Cucchiaro (and many others). Their music is relatively basic but consistently charming with all of its hooks and layers. And matched with Conor O--i mean Theo Wilson's dynamic presence, it's a striking balance.

Tracks like "Broken Cityscapes" are where Nana shine, with verses erupting into choruses with loud brass chords, each song section building or falling fluidly into the next. "Motion in the Ocean" is another standout, with dense percussion and beautiful guitar lines. The opening two-tracks are possibly the best. The female backup vocals on "Tambourine-N-Thyme" are perfectly placed.

Where the record falters is after the six or seventh track, when you start to crave something fresh. Maybe a new chord progression? A new feel? Redundancies aside, the second half is ultimately filled with weaker tracks anyway, including anti-climactic closer "The Idea That Everything Could Possibly Ever Be Said". The record's latter side is propped up by the violently spat "Tiny Rainbows" and Cassadega b-si--uhh, the charming "Everything You Ever Hoped Or Worked For." I'm just ***ing around. This album is a well-crafted, engaging piece of artwork that has just enough uniqueness to feel fresh in a tired genre. At times I feel like I'm listening to some long-lost Bright Eyes LP at a mechanically accelerated pace, but then I stop being stupid. Put it on and enjoy it, especially the first couple tracks.



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natey
January 25th 2010



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not really sure what I'm talking about. also this was released in 2008 not 2009

Kiran
Emeritus
January 26th 2010



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

at one point i wanted to review this but my draft ended up talking about bright eyes and chewing straw in the back of a pick up truck

so i didnt

edit - also, i think hes got a new album?

Digging: Spoon - They Want My Soul

natey
January 27th 2010



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

maybe I should add something about chewing straw.

yeah I've heard good things about the new one Ruth. Not sure what I think of it yet.

Inflatablemoose
September 18th 2012



1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What's up with the names? Why do they seem like they're matched with the wrong songs?

theodennis
April 24th 2014



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yo, just for the record, Theo Wilson's the dude from Good Times
The singer's Theo Hilton

theodennis
April 24th 2014



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yo, just for the record, Theo Wilson's the dude from Good Times
The singer's Theo Hilton

robin
Emeritus
July 17th 2014



4247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it should be unlawful



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