Sunday, November 2, 2008

Silver Jews - Suffering Juxebox

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 Silver Jews - "Suffering Juxebox"
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Silver Jews is a band I was introduced back in 2004 working for a record distribution company in LA. A lot of CDs found their collective way to my desk back then, and among them Silver Jews' Tanglewood Numbers--a stand out album that was like at first listen. What can I say? I'm a sucker for boy/girl vocals and alt-pop twang. But if you think this describes what you're about to hear, well, you'd be right and wrong. You'll hear the aforementioned, but you'll also hear something that's been missing from frontman David Berman and his rotating cast of musicans past work: playfulness! Berman has long been envied for his lyricism, offering up everything from uncomfortable humor to painful honesty. It's a relief to hear the winsome lyrics found in "Suffering Juxebox" from the new album, Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea on Drag City. This is fun for all ages... or it's just more of the same cynicism. You decide. - Jocelyn Aucoin

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