Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Broom


3.5
great

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
January 25th, 2010 | 19 replies | 6,547 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Indie-pop is a pretty stale, played-out genre, right? Well, kinda right, but that doesn't mean Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin can't blow your socks off with their refinement of the genre (well, here and there at least).

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

If you think I’m going to write this entire review while writing out Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin, you’re wrong. This band is good, but not that good. Now that that’s out of the way, I can move onto this little pop medley known as Broom. Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin ride along the coattails of The Shins with an indie-pop record worth a damn. You’re probably thinking, does Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin have a delightful vocalist, a scaled-down version of Rivers Cuomo? Well, the answer is inevitably “yes.” Or maybe that guy over there- yeah that one -is all like, “Well yeah, but do they have the catchy pop sensibilities of Wolf Parade, or how about a toned-down Of Montreal?” Yeah, “that guy,” Broom fits all of those ridiculously absurd categories incredibly well, in fact you just described most of the album for me. Thanks, bro.

Before I get too off topic, let’s make sure I can detail the absolute loveliness of this record to you. Ever been in a fight where one guy just goes too far? This is nothing like that. Broom is tranquil, fun, and a way too upbeat to frown along to as you inevitably hum along (because you will!). Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin crafted 10 songs for Broom, and most of them are very easy to lump together and categorize: indie-pop with some pleasing vocals and catchy melodies (SO specific, right?), but that’s just the beginning. What always boggles my mind about Broom is the fact that, despite the obvious lack of diversity, it seems extraordinarily hit or miss.

It doesn’t quite make sense, not in my mind of logic and reason. All of the songs on here sound relatively similar, but there’s a gap the size of Russia between the quality of “Oregon Girl” and its unfortunately less appealing little sister “What’ll We Do.” About half of the songs by the band blend into indie obscurity, but a few standouts redeem Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin. Now, I told myself before I started this review that there was no way I would spend half the time talking about “House Fire,” but I’m sensing a relapse here. The song is a pretty gorgeous little slice of heaven. It takes things down a few notches and the melodies blend perfectly with the vocalist uttering the first lines, “We did what we could / to save this house from falling / but it burns because its wood / now you’ll never call me darling.” For a sublime 3 minutes, everything feels at ease, and it’s this amazing quality that has kept “House Fire” in my regular set of plays for a good 5 years (I’ve been listening to music seriously for about 2 or 3).

Broom definitely has its downs, most obviously in the lac of diversity but also in the copycat nature of most of the album. Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin doesn’t quite manage to bring a whole lot of innovative material to the genre, but damn do they know how to refine it in a beautiful manner here and there? Chances are, many of you won’t luckily stumble across this band and fall in love with a song of theirs like I did in freshman year of high school when I knew nothing of music outside of the radio and the country music my parents had an affinity for. You probably won’t even listen to Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin seeing this, will you? Well, if you do anything, please at least listen to “House Fire,” and I hope it has the same effect on you. Who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love with music all over again?

***, I mentioned that goddam-awful , clumsy name like 10 times didn’t I?

Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin
Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin
Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin

Ok, there we go.



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SeaAnemone
January 25th 2010



19674 Comments


here it is, I know you were all waiting for it.

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klap
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010



10238 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

band rules, although i prefer pershing

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SeaAnemone
January 25th 2010



19674 Comments


I like this better, but Pershing was ok. This will always have a soft spot in my heart.

WhiteWallStargazers
January 25th 2010



2647 Comments


the band name is original for sure

klap
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010



10238 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this and pershing like defined a summer of mine two years ago

SeaAnemone
January 25th 2010



19674 Comments


it needed a review.

BigTuna
January 25th 2010



5154 Comments


I will not listen to this solely because I hate the band name.

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SeaAnemone
January 25th 2010



19674 Comments


you WILL listen to it solely because I told you to though, right?


RIGHT?!

AggravatedYeti
January 25th 2010



7684 Comments


oh yeah, this band.

BigTuna
January 26th 2010



5154 Comments


I might

Kiran
Emeritus
January 26th 2010



6000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

boring : (

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RedSky
January 26th 2010



281 Comments


Best band name in YEARS.

SeaAnemone
January 26th 2010



19674 Comments


just pretend they have a cool name like "nonsynchronicity" or something. That's what I have them named in my itunes as.

americanmusicmachine
January 26th 2010



3953 Comments


boris yeltsin had like a 2% approval rating

SeaAnemone
January 26th 2010



19674 Comments


this is his solo album, didn't I mention that?

americanmusicmachine
January 26th 2010



3953 Comments


no you did not

SeaAnemone
January 26th 2010



19674 Comments


oopsies. too late to edit.

OllieS
April 24th 2010



2029 Comments


'just pretend they have a cool name like "nonsynchronicity" or something. That's what I have them named in my itunes as.' Hahaha

The name is like a Post Rock band

CelestialDust
December 19th 2012



3155 Comments


i like



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