Owen
I Do Perceive


4.5
superb

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
March 1st, 2012 | 47 replies | 6,033 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A perception that matters for be-fundled, baby adults

The best part of I Do Perceive, or maybe even the whole of the Owen project, comes at the end of “That Tattoo Isn't Funny Anymore”; a point which has singer-songwriter and general indie-emo legend Mike Kinsella effortlessly pole-vaulting from the song's initial instrumental, lyrical attack directed at a show-y significant other into strummed acoustic guitar chords and a catchy picked lead. It all comes together when the perfect atmosphere is set with this clincher of a lyric that's repeated over and over until the song's close: “I don't miss you – I'll miss you when you're dead.”

Kinsella, in the span of a six-minute song, has just cut through multiple layers of emotional attachment to get to the heart of what he truly feels, underneath all that angst, infatuation, whatever – in this case, about a bitch of a girl. Take note of this and its appearance in surrounding tracks of I Do Perceive as well. Because in my limited experience, if a singer or a friend has herself or himself more or less emotionally figured out, down to his or her core, I trust what he or she has to say regarding such issues: I listen to him or her and take it to heart as advice or support for my own fucking emotional baggage.

Emotionally unsure of itself in an ironic way, sporadic and not set in some strict musical structure, I Do Percieve captures the persona of the struggling, hopeful yet bitter individual that's trainwrecking through his or her 20s. Kinsella destroys the ex in opener “Who Found Who's Hair in Who's Bed?”, subtly yet ruthlessly as his voice bends and croons into a head-stealing melody in the chorus: “So who pulled whose hair from whose head? / Well it told me more of you than you did.” Yet not above his own failings as a human, he then promptly turns the table and destroys himself in the following introspective take of “Note to Self:”: ”You ain't no goddamn son-of-a-bitch / You're just more unlikable than you used to be.”

Pairing these two songs as the opening confessionals for I Do Percieve sets things straight for many who may think Kinsella to be no more than an arrogant ass – a few key songs from preceding album No Good for No One Now may be responsible for this. In short, he's just a flawed human being who's been close to other flawed people. And throughout the touching acoustic strums and arpeggios of I Do Percieve, he takes special care to make that clear. In “Put Your Hands On Me, My Love”, he appologizes to close friends for being a social, needy vampire throughout their lives. And when he helps a wife of a “local pharmacist” cheat with him in “Playing Possum for a Peek”, he even owns up to the fact that he can't hardly control his desires and urging for lust and free sex in order to stop it.

Kinsella reflects on his rowdy friends and the prodigal living of his own teen years in highlight “Bed Abuse”, tinting it all in a mid-life crisis come-too-early. “I've seen what living's done to those alive,” he says over dual-guitar picking and flavorful rolling drums, ”little to none, little to none.” I know, at least for me, such words hit hard today more than ever; because, yeah, when in high school it's important to be somebody, one that's living it up and all. But now? Right. Adolescence was a rush, and just like with sugar, there's a crash that follows its surge. I Do Perceive paints Kinsella as a saintly un-saint that really seems to know and, more importantly, really understand this. With so many singer-songwriters trying to match this very set age with their songs, and usually failing at it, it's reassuring that there's at least one album that hits the nail on the head: I Do Perceive is a perception that actually matters.



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Ponton
Emeritus
March 1st 2012



5775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

goddamn it, cant write shit and this took too long to get flowing

but this album

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 1st 2012



10556 Comments


Well this is a nice surprise : ]

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Ponton
Emeritus
March 1st 2012



5775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

eli

dont be like me stay true

Ponton
Emeritus
March 1st 2012



5775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you should man

sometimes this album hurts me but most of the time i deserve it

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2012



48593 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I was going to review this
maybe

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 1st 2012



10556 Comments


Well if you say so Jared : P


I've actually been meaning to check something-anything-out by Owen. I guess why not start here?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2012



48593 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

At Home With Owen

Ponton
Emeritus
March 1st 2012



5775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Here or at home with owen

Gyromania
March 1st 2012



14653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes Jared!

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2012



48593 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

He references a Misfits song in Note To Self
Fuck yeah

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2012



15698 Comments


alien observerrrr in a world that isnt miiiiiiine

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Ponton
Emeritus
March 1st 2012



5775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ehhh i can never habitually do this again



time for meadowlands

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2012



6966 Comments


Amazing review for an amazing album. On some days Bed Abuse is the only song I need

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Ponton
Emeritus
March 1st 2012



5775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ohhhh yes, that and Tattoo are just awesome

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L2ZxKNhC6E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-FpCUSYTKY

If ever i wanna do myself in, id have bed abuse on in the background

SowingSeason
Emeritus
March 1st 2012



14513 Comments


miss you observer

great review, actually never heard this even though i like owen's recent stuff

Ponton
Emeritus
March 1st 2012



5775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks sowing

tbh i hate his recent albums, so I'm not sure how this would reflect on how you might like this. To me, his melodies and lyrics were so much better then than now. I guess just try the songs.

AtavanHalen
March 1st 2012



17927 Comments


mike is amazing

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2012



6966 Comments


He didn't play anything from this when I saw him live about a month ago. Was a little disappointed.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2012



16028 Comments


Good to see you writing on this account again

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iFghtffyrdmns
March 1st 2012



7047 Comments


only heard at home with cause i got the LP brand new for like 8 bucks a little while back but that shit's so good. i should hear this next.


and watchoo talkin bout observer you still got it dawg



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