- Audio CD (Jan. 18 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Sub Pop
- ASIN: B000040O9M
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
|1. Everyone Else Is Evolving|
|2. Solitary Swedish Houses|
|3. Courage Up|
|4. The Two Of You Sleep|
|5. Breakneck Speed|
|6. Theme To An Endless Bummer|
|7. Up In Michigan|
|8. Hundred Dollar Pocket|
|9. Nobody's Watching|
|10. Knights Of The Night Vol.1|
|11. Leave Me Alone|
|12. Kidney Shaped Pool|
Some songs, such as the sloppily titled "Theme from an Endless Bummer" and "Knights of the Night vol. 1" sound beautiful but feel unfinished and incomplete. They sound like acoustic lullabies, drifting out just before they reveal too much. And for good reason: Pernice is being slightly more literal about his sexuality and much more personal in his lyrics, but he isn't quite comfortable with his confessionals yet.
In the stronger tracks ("Solitary Swedish Houses," "Courage Up," "Leave Me Alone"), the lyrics are more universal, if every bit as melancholy, and the instrumental production is sizably larger. The rest of the album seems to be a continuation of the downer track to end all downer tracks, "Ferris Wheel." And that's certainly no complaint - as a whole, "Chappaquiddick Skyline" is a beautifully depressing portrait of emotional desperation and dramatized disappointment. If at times the sentiment goes overboard, it never sounds insincere.
While Chappaquiddick Skyline and Big Tobacco were both released this past year, the majority of tunes on the latter record were originally written during Joe's Scud Mountain days, while the Chappaquiddick stuff is a bit newer (and it shows).
Pernice continues to move away from the country flavor of the Scud Mountain Boys (although I swore I heard steel guitar on the Chappaquiddick Skyline disc), but the songwriting still deals with bleak personal landscapes interspersed with clever one-liners. Pernice weaves more of a mellow, folksy-indie blanket here, and I can leave the disc on "repeat" and discover something new about each song time and time again. As I've written before, you don't listen to Joe Pernice to cheer yourself up or to get psyched for something. Instead, Joe Pernice is the one who forces you to slow down and listen closely.
My favorite tune is "Solitary Swedish Houses." He can hit the high notes!
I love the music, and Pernice's hushed singing style, I just wish he's move on in some new artistic direction, since all the last few albums sound exactly the same. Now, that's not bad, but it's not exactly a good thing either.