Land of Talk | Some Are Lakes (Saddle Creek)

cd_land-of-talk.jpgThe album starts strong musically, as if I may have stepped into an older Cursive album.







Normally I don’t care for girl singers. If I wanted to hear a girl bitch about the situations in her life, I would just go re-read my blogs. But seeing as though the first track for Land of Talk’s new album Some Are Lakes is titled "Yuppy Flu," the never soft-spoken bro-hater in me can’t help but want to check it out. I have to say I was far from disappointed.

The album starts strong musically, as if I may have stepped into an older Cursive album. This of course immediately makes me like it, especially since I have a thing for Tim Kasher’s mind. Enter vocals and I am instantly brought back to Land of Talk instead of my daydreams for new Cursive material. The brain behind the operation is a woman named Elizabeth Powell. In a business dominated by men, this chick stands out. She’s no "meek girl with guitar" act; on the contrary, she may just inspire you to burn the frat house down. And coming off a summer high of bros, beer, and pop punk (aka Warped Tour), I feel back to my intelligent self again with the help of Ms. Powell and her band of musically talented boys.

The initial buildup of "Yuppy Flu" is created by drums that make your foot start tapping along, a simple bass line and, if you listen closely, the guitar coming in quietly at first and throwing itself into the mix with the kind of intensity that gets you excited for the possibility of something amazing. The feeling of excitement loses me for just a minute on the second track, "Death by Fire." The name would suggest something intense, but Powell’s voice is anything but here. The raw sound of the guitar seems to drown out her at times whiny voice. But it is apparent that Elizabeth knows what she is doing. She grabs my wandering mind back with "The Man Who Breaks Things (Dark Shuffle)." It is a bit on the poppy side, but more like indie pop done right. Just when I thought this was the best she had to offer, I fell in love with the title track: "But I’ve got you for my life/ And I’ll love you like I’ll love you when I die." The sappy romantic in me perks up and begins to romanticize about such a passionate love. Until I realize it isn’t love I am being romanced by, but Powell’s contradictory, sleepy yet strong voice and intelligent lyrics. Other noted tracks are "It’s Okay" and "Young Bridge." While different in intensity, both evoke the same feeling as I had when I first experienced Fro Yo vanilla frozen yogurt with Fruity Pebbles: excitement, when things feel optimistic with the possibility for something new and amazing.

It’s time now to put away the beer cooler and volleyball net. Let go of the memories of the keg parties and beach vacations. Roll down the windows and pop in Some Are Lakes, and you’ll forget all about that unattractive one-night stand you seemed to have been too drunk to realize the truth about ’til the next morning, hungover. Maybe you’ll even feel compelled to torch a frat house or two. B+ | Kate Nelson

RIYL: Rainer Maria, Tegan and Sara, Heather Nova

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