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Tanglewood Numbers (CD)
The first Silver Jews album in four years is a triumph with its throwback '80s-synth ear-candy keyboards, slack guitars, and a sublime hi-fi sound that only a former lo-fi band can get. Breaking the silence, the indie-rock star-studded band (Malkmus and Nastanovich rejoin, the 'Bonnie' Prince, as well as refugees from the Jesus Lizard and Papa M) play fearless off-center rock rooted in Nashville, reminiscent of both Vic Chestnut's realism and Giant Sand's recent innovations. Not to mention that David Berman is a poet, so each song is dense with imagery, the whole record effectively telling a ten-part, 40-minute story that is partly funny, always honest, and often dark. Witness Berman exploring overcoming addiction, ("closed sign swinging in the liquor store" "later I come to find/life is sweeter than Jewish wine") the complete despair that lead to his suicide attempt, "There is a place past the blues I never want to see again" on "There Is a Place," and a uniquely American desolation, "I've been working at the airport bar/it's like Christmas in a submarine" on "Getting Back into Getting Back into You." Fortunately, the Jews sound is big enough to contain Berman's lyrical shadows, and this juxtaposition of opposite elements (happy-sounding rock and introspective lyrics) results in a record that is wholly satisfying: not too overwrought and never self-assuredly slick.
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Specifications
Type: CD
Recorded: 2005
Release Date: 2005-11-18
Label: Drag City Records
Country: Euro
Item No: DC297CD
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Track List
01 Punks In The Beerlight
02 Sometimes A Pony Gets Depressed
03 K-hole
04 Animal Shapes
05 I'm Getting Back Into Getting Back Into You
06 How Can I Love You If You Won't Lie Down
07 The Poor
08 The Fair And The Good
09 Sleeping Is The Only Love
10 The Farmer's Hotel
11 There Is A Place
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