|1. American Flag|
|2. He Turns Down|
|3. No Sense|
|5. Metal Heart|
|6. Back Of Your Head|
|8. You May Know Him|
|9. Colors And The Kids|
|10. Cross Bones Style|
|11. Peking Saint|
Spooky and off-kilter, this album is maudlin the best way. Chan Marshall (is that her name?) adopts a kind of child-visionary persona, delivering an idiosyncratic mixture of surreal, direct, and insinuating lyrics that are enough to rend your heart the more you hear them. Her voice is husky yet pure at the same time, and she's at her best with minimal instrumentation, just stark vocals and a muffled guitar, sounding like the saddest, most hopeful person on earth singing to herself in an empty room. If you know what I mean...
Nonetheless, I can understand why a lot of people might fail to see the weird beauty in this album, especially upon first listen, and it's very difficult to know whether you're the kind of wistful oddball this will appeal to unless you try it for yourself. Take a gamble and see.
If you are of a weak constitution beware of "Colors and the Kids," it could crush you and leave you an emotional wreck frantically dialing your therapist. The song invokes tears on every listen. She somehow captures the beauty and pain of life itself in that song. Because of the power of this album, it is advised to only listen to it sparingly when the mood is just right; it would be a shame for this to become merely backround music. I pray I never hear it in a coffee shop.
The musical voices blend perfectly to create a unique sound that mirrors the lyrics and emotions. The album progresses from track to track effortlessly and gracefully like a stream somewhere deep in the forest that twists and winds through civilization on its way to the ocean. The progression is as natural as the water cycle.
The production is sparse. The timing is purposely erratic reminding you that life itself is not set to the atomic clock maintained by the government, but by natural progressions more like Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. The vocals are brilliant.
A classic for our time! I strongly suggest that you check out Cat's earlier work especially "What Would The Community Think" as well. Another classic!