Small Brown Bike
Dead Reckoning


3.5
great

Review

by Kalle J. USER (37 Reviews)
April 9th, 2010 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The worse of the better.

With “Our Own Wars”, Mike Reed was untying shoelaces with his eyes. If we’re even to consider the possibility, he was also literally ready to bend over backwards to find the words, biting the bullet of fast-moving cosmopolitan plots . In its frolicking with counter-intuition, “Our Own Wars” became a head-on collision of physical realia, where the tangible was jumbled up with the dogmatic, and the visionary outwitted its own scheme.

This time around, Small Brown Bike are “aiming with their eyes”, maybe hoping they’ll miss, and shelving photographs like the unruffled midwife back at home. Dead Reckoning comes face-to-face with revelations unspoken and begs the question: “Have you lived through me?”

“I can too” is the four-letter giveaway, perhaps the conclusion they were looking for from you and I. In essence, Small Brown Bike look to their own moniker to strike back with crooning irony. Dead Reckoning pens the epiphanies, hobbles over rooftops and embraces the geriatric overtones of its makers; everything a small brown bike by no means represents. Regardless of the seemingly destructive nihilism, the album reverts back to a conscious, God-fearing frame of reference.

This appears like their defining moment; a post-revisionist threnody to some life once lost, recovery from a midlife crisis, but ultimately, it isn’t. It’s about “returning to things we don’t know”. Beyond all the nautical metaphors (“This ship will not overturn”, “Past times find ways to drown”) found on “This Ship Will Burn”, there is a strong sense that this world is too big for the both of us.

Where Dead Reckoning ultimately succeeds, but to a lesser extent, is in the classicality of its instrumentation; this is still the four-piece treading in mud, but dusting off their smoking jackets a tad too much. A small brown bike would certainly make for a speedy ride, and like no four-by-four, and by some degree of attentiveness, you’ve been there and seen that. That’s just the type of drawing-in you’re in for with Dead Reckoning.



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mitch91
April 9th 2010


410 Comments


Is this a joke?

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kalkal50
April 9th 2010


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what?

mitch91
April 9th 2010


410 Comments


It just seems a bit highbrow for this site...

Wizard
April 9th 2010


19513 Comments


What the fuck, where the hell did you come from Kalle?

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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2010


16089 Comments


interesting, but ultimately pointless review.

kalkal50
April 9th 2010


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pointless review


isn't that like, tautological?

kitsch
April 9th 2010


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is awesome

americanmusicmachine
April 9th 2010


3953 Comments


i dig the way ya use words. i like 'our own wars' have never heard this, but i will...soon...soon.

sixdegrees
April 21st 2013


17190 Comments


lol this review

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7OPHER
May 30th 2014


19 Comments


best review
and worst review



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