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Smog - A River Ain't Too Much to Love

PostPosted: 17 May 2010, 09:57
by milky moon

Artist: Smog
Title: A River Ain't Too Much to Love
Format: CD
Label: Drag City
Cat/No: -
Release: 31 may 2005

01. Palimpsest
02. Say Valley Maker
03. Well
04. Rock Bottom Riser
05. I Feel Like the Mother of the World
06. In the Pines
07. Drinking at the Dam
08. I'm New Here
09. Let Me See the Colts

"Rock Bottom Riser" is a song of resurrection, and again, it's a waltz. In the first verse, a nylon-stringed guitar hypnotically plays the changes in plectrum style, as White uses brushes to shift time while underscoring it, making the tune seem to float. The singer speaks with gratitude to the memory of an absent lover. As Joanna Newsom's piano underscores and fills the melody, Callahan's character finds a transformed sense of self in rising from his loss. It's slippery, lilting pace and restrained vocal create a tension that frames the tune's poignancy. The true nod to roots tradition here is also the album's centerpiece.