So Much Staying Alive And Love Import
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So Much Staying Alive & Lovelessness
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But people do like Joan of Arc, and there are a lot of worthwhile, adventurous ideas happening all over Lovelessness. "The Infinite Blessed Yes" is a beautifully drifting tune that almost feels poppy despite its odd time signature and impenetrable lyrics. She said you can't be so quietly gay / Cuz I already am and no one will ever let you keep anything they know you have. And "Perfect Need and Perfect Completion" has an almost straightforward (although still a bit oblique) narrative, revealing a movement away from the too-smart-for-his-own-good approach that has plagued other Kinsella releases. Perhaps most interesting is "Mr. Participation Billy," in which the singer details random acts of violence over a jaunty piano melody. Never has anyone sung "he got his pelvis smashed with a baseball bat" so sweetly.
Whether you find Kinsella's brand of experimental pop insufferably pretentious or delightfully challenging (I find it a bit of both), you have to give the man credit for his vision. Indie rockers are often content to run their sound into the ground, content to play things safe. But Joan of Arc seem to work without a net, allowing their impulses and instincts to guide them, no matter what the consequences. The ride may be a bumpy one, but that doesn't mean its not exhilarating.
February 10, 2003
maybe this change comes because tim is finally getting to that age where it's time to settle down. it's suggested with some of the lyrics. for instance, the song, "dead together" tim sings, "we'll be woven together in earthworms." how romantic. it's nice to see that he's really concerned about his future now, and finding the lovely lady willing to be buried in earthworms with him.
more importantly, as far as the other aspects of the cd... it's definitely a joan of arc record as far as atmosphere. but it sounds more like a more stripped down owls sound with the mood of need new body. that really doesn't make any sense... and neither do these songs. there are still awkward joan of arc dischordances... but with fewer dead spaces. it's like they have attention spans no shorter than comatose drone now too. the music's catchiness relies on patterns of dischordance where it fight itself... but suddenly in all of the weird awkwardness something catchy and unusually pretty pops out. mais, it works
there's quite an assortment of sounds on here. for instance, on the last song it sounds like he reverts to a cap'n jazz song towards the end reading out a prose-sounding dialogue. then, there are other times when the music sounds like the flaming lips were writing the score to willy wonka and the chocolate factory.Read more ›
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At first listen you may be wishing that you could harken back to the Joan of Arc of 1999, and erase this memory from your head, but after repeated listenings this CD becomes... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2004 by Courtney Andree
This is Joan of Arc but so different from their other albums. I really enjoyed the first four albums especially the middle three as for this, this is very different. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003 by Peter Schranker