Alternative music reviews

April 24, 2008

Left by Black Cow

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Left by Black CowIt was quite a shock to my delicate musical constitution to start listening to this album and suddenly be confronted with harmonies from a lost age. It took me a while to believe it but there were vocal harmonies of the sort last touted by Steely Dan. Despite some lingering affection for that band’s Pretzel Logic album I was unsure I wanted to hear more of the same. I needn’t have worried, the music includes loads of alt guitar that Bob Mould would have been proud of. As the album progresses, it takes on its own special character of songs of experience and artistry.

She’s Upset by Black Cow

She’s Upset (clip) by Black Cow

The album is a labour of love that has taken many years to write and record in between “births, deaths, marriages, divorces, and piano lessons”. But this is not self-indulgence with guitar parts being added incessantly, instead there is a lightness of touch, a paring down of each track until every note is just what is needed to approach perfection. It is so beautifully put together that you have to just sit back and admire it. More importantly, you are rewarded with a stunning meld of musicianship and melody.

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