- Audio CD (June 5 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Southpaw
- ASIN: B00005B53P
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
|1. Working Girls (Sunlight Shines)|
|3. Our Time Has Passed|
|4. She Heightened Everything|
|5. Bryte Side|
|6. Let That Show|
|7. Shaken Baby|
|8. Flaming Wreck|
|9. The Ballad Of Bjorn Borg|
|10. Endless Supply|
|11. Cronulla Breakdown|
The music is its exact opposite. Poppy tunes, pretty harmonies, as if he were singing happy love songs.
Sometimes I wonder if this is really the way this guy feels about life, or if this is all just an artistic device. It seems to have become something of a trend. If you write upbeat songs with incredibly negative messages, your work gets more critical respect and praise than if you write upbeat songs with positive messages. No, that's not cool anymore. I find it strange that critics fall all over these things like it is something extremely clever to do this. The idea that, "Hey! I know! Instead of writing happy lyrics with happy melodies, I'll write depressing lyrics with happy melodies" is treated by the critics as being sheer genius, when actually the concept is exceedingly obvious and simple and has been done zillions of times in the history of music.
That being said, Pernice does it as well as anyone these days. It does seem strange to be humming merrily along with a chorus that features the word "suicide," but you may just end up unconsciously doing that when you listen to this record.
I find it to be a bit much, and after a while I want to put on something that is *genuinely* upbeat, not something that just sounds upbeat but actually is the darkest of dark, underneath it all.
For anyone that likes lush harmonies and good pop melodies, regardless of lyrical content, though, the songcraft is certainly there. If the there-is-no-hope lyrics don't bother you, this album may be worth picking up.
Thom Monihan's production is stellar, crisp and full throughout: Pernice's distinct vocals swoon atop layers of guitar, piano, organ, and strings. Extremely tasty. This record was a real surprise.