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mine hasn't arrived yet
play are getting pretty slack on their preorders these days :(
tidy little album, some really good tunes, especially the first couple and 'To Be Objectified'. A lot more consistent than previous albums; he's remembered to write melodies for more than two songs, and is relying less on lyrics at the expense of everything else.
Not that I don't like previous Lewis records ('Don't Be Upset' and 'Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror' are two absolutely brilliant songs), but this is the first I can enjoy all the way through.
it could be because i've heard most of the new songs live before, but i found it a lot more immediate than some of his previous records - lovely melodies (for all the songs in the key of G...ha:)
lyrically there's the usual wittiness and fun that makes one smile. however there are also a few more melancholy tracks that, if you've seen his year in review ( http://measureformeasure.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/05/a-year-in-love-and-music/ ) it's pretty clear the record is all the more biographical and heartbreaking than usual. poor jeff!
also, bonus of a surprising but unmistakeable guitar solo by j.mascis on track 9. and great packaging too.
and one of my flatmates friends walked in and said in the blink of an eye "j.mascis solo"
i wish i had that talent
the wait, it hurts.
got to agree with the sentiments above ... more immediate, more tunes, very possibly his best yet
and it has 'proper' versions of some of my radiosession/live favourites like Roll Bus Roll on it