Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Sometimes I Go To Church, Just to Watch Her Pray.

The Citizens - Blusher - The Citizens are full of the hallmarks of pretentious prog. Oblique lyrics (Sally got smacked / With a blue knapsack / before she passed out from blood loss and boredom.), constant time changes with no regard for structure, and a lead singer with the sort of rich, operatic tenor, that most of the pretentious 70's bands I'm referring to would kill for. But this isn't prog. It's pop in the purest sense, a 3 minute nugget of singalong nonsense and dance able beats that I'm convinced, that, were it to come from a certain Atlanta based hiphop duo, and not 4 white guys in Fedoras from New York, it would be storming up the charts right now.

The Citizens - Kaleidescope (Do You Recall?) - But really, the Citizens debut album, Are We There Yet?, shines on it's ballads. Kaleidescope is a gorgeous little slipe of classic pop. Delicately strummed guitar, and those vocals. At the 2:50 mark, they kick into high gear, drums and cymbals crashing around, and words just seem to float in an absolutely gorgeous atmosphere before the song goes into a break full of fuzz and everything falls apart. A shattered memory, only to once again be pulled together by those vocals. Multitracked and gorgeous. Reminiscent of Jeff Buckley, or a young Bono on a high note. Epic and excellent.

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At 12/04/2004 09:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for bringin' the Kleptone goodness! Lives up to the hype.

 
At 12/06/2004 02:40:00 PM, Blogger Eppy said...

The Citizens sure sounded good until the singer came in. Unfortunate voice, that.

 
At 12/06/2004 02:51:00 PM, Blogger Keith said...

Eppy, it's funny you say that - I thought the vocals to be one of the Citizens stronger points.

 
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It has all guitar related stuff.

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