Laura Stevenson
Sit Resist


4.5
superb

Review

by Tom Gellatly USER (40 Reviews)
May 15th, 2011 | 20 replies | 3,879 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It might not do much that's new or exciting, but Sit Resist proves that music doesn't need to be inventive to be, in all of the ways that matter, truly brilliant.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

My first listen of Sit Resist was a curious one. I enjoyed everything that I was hearing a fair amount, but I didn’t really understand why it was getting the levels of praise that I had seen across the internet, this very site being one of its main supporters. On my second listen, however, everything changed. And, most importantly, everything clicked. I was listening out for something to blow me away, something to redefine my expectations of what the tired genre of indie rock could do. But this is completely the wrong approach to the album. Sit Resist isn’t trying to be the ‘next big thing,’ in music, or even in its genre; what it is, to me at least, is a superb refinement of what makes a good indie rock album. Nothing groundbreaking, nothing particularly new or exciting, but everything it does do is all but perfect.

Now, that might sound like a mightily lofty claim, but Sit Resist is just the kind of quiet success that deserves such hyperbole being thrown around in its favour. The album begins suitably unassumingly with the simple guitar riff of Halloween Parts 1 & 2. The guitar line is pleasing, basic and without any unnecessary flourishes, and sets the tone for the overall feel of the whole album. Then Stevenson’s voice is added into the mix, and the one exceptional facet of the album is revealed. Ms. Stevenson really does have one of the most gorgeous voices in indie music at the minute, and she shows excellent restraint, with acrobatics only present when it actually adds to the song, coupled with her too-sweet-to-be-true tone to begin with.

And even though Stevenson’s voice is the only thing that really sets the album apart from the pack in any significant way, every single song here is still great, proving that one doesn’t have to be as inventive as the Radioheads or the Tune-Yards of the world to release a fully enjoyable album. The varied instrumentation adds some surprises into the mix, with the accordions of The Healthy One, and the horns of Barnacles, helping to keep the sound of the album varied, even if the basic musical style remains the same.

And the happiest thing about Sit Resist is that it absolutely doesn’t need to be inventive at all to succeed. It’s perfectly content to sit (ha) right where it is, and to refine every idea that it incorporates, as recycled as most of them are, to the point of being almost entirely pleasing to the listener. The lyrics are good, if not excellent, and are by turns euphoric, ironic, depressing and nostalgic, often all at once. The most inventive moment comes in two tracks named The Wait and The Weight, where the titular homophones are used cleverly. But again, Sit Resist doesn’t need any pretentious poetry in its words to get across to the listener what it wants to. What it does, instead, is reaffirm that there’s always room, in the hectic world of new indie releases, for a comforting little release that’s content to be exactly what it is, unremarkable or otherwise.



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MarvellousG
May 15th 2011



368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I know this is nowhere near as good as Channing's original review, but I just wanted to write something about this album as I've been enjoying it so much recently. Please comment constructively, and pos if you enjoyed reading.

theacademy
May 15th 2011



28223 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

where the fuck is the extra .5 you dicknuzzler

iFghtffyrdmns
May 15th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i crush on laura stevenson so so so hard.
in case anyone didn't already know.

Satellite
May 15th 2011



20674 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what cad said.

maybe it's just me, but this review has sort of a negative tone imo. you're constantly describing what the album isn't.

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MarvellousG
May 15th 2011



368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I guess that's true, but I feel like that's sort of why it works for me.

theacademy
May 15th 2011



28223 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i used to think folk music was for fags like my parents and girlfriends but laura changed all of that for me true story

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2011



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is a pretty good review

but i will say that i hate when writers think they need to base their review on comparisons to music as a whole or the genre as a whole, as in saying things like "not much sets this apart" or "compared to such and such, it's sort of unremarkable"

it's not necessarily wrong to do that, and i've certainly done it a number of times, but it often comes off defensive, like someone's backed you into a corner and you're trying to justify why you like it

theacademy
May 15th 2011



28223 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the dream is over.

tkxxx7
May 15th 2011



6148 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pos'd

Tyrael
May 15th 2011



20713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty good review for a very nice and enjoyable album.

lancebramsay
May 15th 2011



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't understand how this is a 5 for some -_-

ohfoxxxycole
May 15th 2011



4350 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

like this

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 15th 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

album rules, I might 5 it soon

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Blackbelt54
May 15th 2011



4268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pretty good review. this has grown on me a lot and i hope it grows on me even more

Chrisjon89
May 16th 2011



3337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review and I agree with most of what you wrote. Pos'd.

Great album.

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newjunkaesthetic93
May 16th 2011



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just downloading this now. Hope it's as good as most of you seem to think it is.

ohfoxxxycole
May 17th 2011



4350 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

aoty so far

ohfoxxxycole
May 17th 2011



4350 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh shit its only may

ohfoxxxycole
May 17th 2011



4350 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fuck man 2011 fuck this rocks

lancebramsay
May 30th 2011



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Holy crap! I totally missed the comparison between the album name and the sound. Good catch man, pos!



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