Soundbites: Cheap Girls, Bon Iver, Frank Turner, Papermoons and Lemuria
Welcome to another edition of Sound Bites, our economy-sized album reviews. This week, Andy Thomas weighs in on five recent national releases from Bon Iver (pictured left), Cheap Girls, Frank Turner, Papermoons and Lemuria after the jump.
Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar). For Emma, epitomizes the
isolation and despair that comes after a break up. Justin Veron's
wavering falsetto pleads to a former lover who he knows is no longer
there, but still wishes was. "Who will love you?" He asks on "Skinny
Love." From the sound of this album, it is tragically clear the answer
Cheap Girls, Find Me a Drink Home (Bermuda Mohawk). Boozy, hopeless bar
rock hasn't sounded this good since a man named Westerburg spit smoke
laced poetry as the Leader of the Replacements. Lacking some of the
fire the Mats had, but replacing it with sweet, Smoking Popes style
sentiment, it's hard not to smile even when the music is asking you not
Frank Tuner, Love Ire and Song (Xtra Mile Recordings Limited). Though
there is no shortage of former punkers picking up acoustic guitars and
going folky, Frank Turner may be better than them all. Lyrically, Ire
is so personal and unique that it will never be able to be mimicked by
anyone. This is a shame, as Ire should serve as the blueprint for all
songwriters to build from.
Papermoons, New Tales (Team Science). Reminiscnet of an alt-counrty
Modest Mouse, this Houston duo pens brilliantly structured songs, with
enough insecurity behind them to make you wonder if they care if anyone
is listening at all. New Tales features one of the best songs you've
never heard, Lazy Bones, which is great whether you listen or not.
Lemuria, Get Better (Asian Man). Like a coed version of Slater Kinney,
vocalists Sheena Ozzella and Alexander Kerms tell two perspectives of
Lemuria's gilted yet sweet love songs. Lipstick may be the best song
about a girl on girl kiss since Jill Sobule's I Kissed a Girl. Sit down
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