Thursday, October 23, 2008

Silver Jews: Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea

Silver Jews
Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea
Drag City Records [2008]

Fire Drills Review:
Many times the material on Silver Jews records has deep thought and deep meaning but Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea seems to find David Berman in a much more lighthearted mood. The songs have a greater bounce to them then several previous efforts and are balanced with a production that is somewhat muzzled and fuzzy sounding that still gives the Silver Jews a lo-fi vibe. Fans will enjoy this record because it is a quality offering but there are no stand out tracks that knock you over so it may not grab any new listeners compared to the excellent Tanglewood Numbers [2005].

Key Track: "Strange Victory, Strange Defeat"

Band With Similar Fire: Bonnie "Prince" Billy

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-Reviewed by Sam DaMatta