Pin It

CD Reviews 

by Mike Corrigan and Joel Smith


Laughter's Fifth FOUR STARS

So this is Love As Laughter's fifth, is it? Well, it's a doozy -- from my corner of the world, one of the strongest, most likeable rock albums released this year. The warm, shambolic vibe achieved on Laughter's Fifth (Sub Pop) is no trick, as it really was recorded over a period of months in a basement studio where the major players -- led by songwriter/singer/guitarist Sam Jayne -- had plenty of lazy days to build and tweak their gruff but lovable arrangements. Jayne's clever songwriting and approachable, tossed-off delivery recalls the Kink's Ray Davies at his most casual (eerily so on the upbeat, sing-along "Dirty Lives") while the lively drums and thick, dirty guitars alternately lope, plunge and gallop through ragged compositions that never veer too far from relatable. The loose opener, "In Amber," shyly grapples with identity while "Every Midnight Song" kicks regret and self-doubt to the curb as it slowly builds from a hushed intro to a transcendent cascade of anticipation and hope. Rock chills? You bet. -- Mike Corrigan


The Sunlandic Twins THREE STARS

Nailing Of Montreal down to even the broadest genre is a feat. The Athens, Ga.-based group, part of the second wave from the Elephant 6 collective (Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples in Stereo), pulls the Kinks out of the '60s, Harry Nilsson and Supertramp out the '70s, and Oingo Boingo buzz-saw synths out of the '80s to inject you with a circus-like case of dance fever.

Not content to let any one song sound the same from start to finish, they throw in jarring breaks and tempo shifts to shake the listener off their trail. That tends to make the whole disc sound so different that it all sounds the same; there are few grooves that you can hang onto long enough to really dig into.

When they do find a groove, though, it's ass-shaking good. "The Party's Crashing Us," a synthed-out, Shins-do-disco number, and the low-key Afro-pop jive in "Wraith Pinned to the Mist" (chorus: "Let's pretend we don't exist / Let's pretend we're in Antarctica") should keep you dancing all through the summer. -- Joel Smith

Publication date: 05/26/05
  • Pin It

Latest in Comment

  • Defending North Idaho
  • Defending North Idaho

    Why Heather Scott must go
    • Oct 20, 2016
  • How's That For Respect?
  • How's That For Respect?

    Trail Mix: Trump's respectful groping allegations and WA's minimum wage raise
    • Oct 20, 2016
  • Accidents All Over
  • Accidents All Over

    This Congress is perhaps the least productive and worst reviewed since the Civil War; will anybody pay for that?
    • Oct 20, 2016
  • More »


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon
Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival

Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival @ Riverfront Park

Through Oct. 30

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Most Commented On

  • The Do-Over

    After failing to pass a bus service tax hike last year, Spokane Transit Authority has a plan to get you to vote for it again
    • Oct 6, 2016
  • Pants on Fire

    U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers can't see the forest for the trees when it comes to climate change
    • Oct 6, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

election 2016


green zone


trail mix

Readers also liked…

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation