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A toast to J5, their 20th anniversary and many more.
"I’m driving around, speeding, talking about disco, trying to find a place to shit! The life of a ninja! Amazing!"
"If I’m not making music from my soul, I’m not happy."
Excepting single Come A Little Closer, the bottom rushing up from almost every track betrays a frustrating lack of depth.
As it was, it was a decent showcase, and we left at half nine looking forward to the next meeting. When the twin axes of product and presentation cross it will be something special.
Lloyd, on It Never Ends, gifts us “I smell smoke/from an old flame”. Sadly, it’s a little bit stale.
Lyrics are much as expected, and it will be up to the listener to draw their own thin line marking the point where emotion ends and platitudes begin.
This reviewer had to listen to A Rollerskating Jam Named Saturday eight times to compensate for every play of Dial Tones. No gun chat, but this rap album contains triggers.
As much a hard reset as a progression, where Iron & Wine now leads others will surely follow.
There are discrepancies though, particularly in content. On the one hand getting “pussy”, on the other lambasting those who don’t respect women is disingenuous.