321. The Folk Implosion – “One Part Lullaby”

Lou Barlow and his buddy John obviously bore easily.

The three years between Folk Implosion albums saw their sound morph considerably.  Into the studio are hauled some samplers, a vocoder and the muffling cotton is removed from the engineer’s ears.

So now we have a more upbeat, somewhat electronic tone.  We’re talking less funky than Beck, less idiosyncratic than the Eels.

Unfortunately, what is lost in the mix is the wow factor of Barlow’s voice and the strong sense of intimacy, in the sense of being part of something small and organic (organic in the “close to the source” sense, not the mutant, overpriced vegetables sense).

This is still better than their debut, and interesting in parts, but it never gets me in the same fashion as Dare to Be Surprised, as it feels the lads are going through the motions too often and trying to latch on to some zeitgeist that aint really their thang.  Quirky seems to be the aim here, but it is rather forced and awkward:

File under: Sleep easy but unsated.

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