November 14, 2005

City and Eastern songs

Title:
Jeffrey and Jack Lewis-City and Eastern Songs
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars
Jeffrey and Jack Lewis make comic books. Not only that but they also sing songs, and rather good ones at that. Sounding like a mix of Moldy Peaches front man Adam Green, ‘Crooked Rain…’ era Pavement and any folk-y troubadour you care to mention. Jeffrey Lewis provides a lucid intelligence to his songs that is sadly lacking from many songwriters today.
Album opener ‘Posters’ will throw anyone familiar with Jeff’s previous recordings as it sounds like one of the rockier moments from ‘Last time I did acid I went insane…’ Though it has to be noted that the improved recording quality brings the songs into their own and creates a greater sense of immediacy than on previous recordings.
Not that direction has completely changed, tracks such as ‘Don’t be Upset’ and ‘Williamsburg Will Oldham horror’ should bring a smile to any fan of the Lewis’, not that the rest of this album wouldn’t.
Granted it is not ‘Last time I did acid I went insane and other favourites’ but nobody would expect or want it to be. ‘City and Eastern songs’ represents an evolution in the Jeffrey Lewis sound, in terms of recordings anyway. Not that ‘City and Eastern…’ is a poor record, far from it in fact. Jeff’s lyrical ramblings on album highlight ‘Williamsburg Will Oldham horror’ are perfectly executed over a rapid guitar line.
Yet despite the new found clarity of production, and perhaps more conventional direction ‘City and Eastern songs’ is rife with potential and suggests that the next record may even elevate the boys to the ‘new’ Moldy Peaches tag. Whether that would be a good thing is open to debate. This record, however, speaks for itself. Sublime.

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