13 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After listening to Jeffrey Lewis’ music, it should come as no surprise that he's had a strong relationship with The Moldy Peaches and recorded music with Kimya Dawson. Their styles are similar in their chattiness, their humor, their deliberately flat-toned melodies, and their often-rushed paces. Also a comic book artist, Lewis has an eye for detail. Songs such as “I Got Lost,” “Time Trades,” “Cult Boyfriend,” and “When You’re by Yourself” are packed with insights that make listeners do double-takes. (Did he just sing what I thought he did?) It’s this freestyling method of observation that ensures every song is packed with a freshness uncommon in the singer/songwriter genre. It’s no accident that Lewis perfected his craft during the anti-folk scene days of the Sidewalk Café in NYC. “They love me or they hate me, no one’s on the fence,” he sings, and it rings true. His quirks will either repel or compel.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After listening to Jeffrey Lewis’ music, it should come as no surprise that he's had a strong relationship with The Moldy Peaches and recorded music with Kimya Dawson. Their styles are similar in their chattiness, their humor, their deliberately flat-toned melodies, and their often-rushed paces. Also a comic book artist, Lewis has an eye for detail. Songs such as “I Got Lost,” “Time Trades,” “Cult Boyfriend,” and “When You’re by Yourself” are packed with insights that make listeners do double-takes. (Did he just sing what I thought he did?) It’s this freestyling method of observation that ensures every song is packed with a freshness uncommon in the singer/songwriter genre. It’s no accident that Lewis perfected his craft during the anti-folk scene days of the Sidewalk Café in NYC. “They love me or they hate me, no one’s on the fence,” he sings, and it rings true. His quirks will either repel or compel.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

WET CARROTS ,

In Good Company

Remember the first time you heard They Might Be Giants and thought "Hey this is fun, quirky, enjoyable to listen to, and doesn't make me depressed."? No, that's fine. Remember when someone let you listen to the Royal Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players and you thought "Hey this is fun, quirky, enjoyable to listen to, and doesn't make me depressed."? No, that's also fine because then that means that this album is your first experience of that because it is at that level. You don't have to find those other bands I referenced, it probably won't be the same. Just appreciate this for what it is: Quirky, modern music that doesn't make you depressed and will probably have a small enough niche that will allow you to keep it privately to enjoy like some kind of rainy day heirloom.

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