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Razorcake #84
Tim Version, Ordinary Life LP + bonus 7"
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Razorcake #83

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Untimely Meditations: CD
I think Graeme Downes has lost his mind. The longtime Verlaines frontman is known for obtuse lyrics, unusual arrangements, and vocals that slalom between the melodic and the challenging. Iím familiar with most of the bandís previous nine studio albums and there isnít one like Untimely Meditations in the bunch. At first I thought it was going to be a more direct record. The opening song, ďBorn Again Idiot,Ē has lyrics I could grasp on first listen and a great guitar riff that went right from A to B. All right, I thought, let the Verlaines make a more commercial album. Theyíve paid their dues over the past thirty years, let Ďem indulge. How wrong I was. This record swerves wildly, not just from song to song but within songs. Horns that sound like Van Morrison. Guitar lines like Steely Dan. A boozy rhythm section that calls to mind the Kinks early Ď70s days on RCA. Sounds awful right? Even if you dig one or more of those elements, they have no right being in the same beaker. I think Graeme Downes is crazy for trying and genius for pulling it off. Itíll take me months to wrap my head around all ten tracks, but Iíll be trying. –Mike Faloon (Flying Nun, flyingnun.co.nz)

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