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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Staying In with Quiet Company
or baby's first album review

Okay, so I was invited to download and review the latest EP from an Austin-based band, Quiet Company. Okay... so it was via Twitter and literally EVERYONE was invited to review their work, but I like to think of it as a special invitation because my musical taste is so spectacular and they trust my opinion and its power to sway thousands...hundreds...tens...a couple readers.


Anywho, I've never reviewed music in print before, and I don't know all the buzz phrases like "...the surging two-track riffs supply a dazed patter of blistering chords snuggled between cuts that lead the listener to a hodge-podge of clashing styles pairing a full-bodied finish of cherry & spicy wood notes that tickle the palate as the tanins explode in a rich bouquet.." Oh wait. I'm mashing up Fa-Fa Wine Speak with Music Review Bullshite. My bad.

In any case, I may not know how to talk the talk, but I do know what I like. And I like this EP. A lot. For realz. It makes me happy. I just might lick its face.

Quiet Company's latest is a six song effort entitled "Songs for Staying In" and it is absolutely terrific! Pop music at its finest. No elusive meanings, no drama, no crazy veiled references that have you scratching your head wondering what the hell the point is... just straight-up, unadulterated pop songs about love, longing and loss set to irresistibly buoyant, upbeat melodies.

From the sweetness of everlasting love in the delightful Hold My Head Above the Water to the pain of yearning for the love of an unworthy Puta in Jezebel to the suggestion of an evening home alone with the playful promise of more than a night of TV viewing-- if you know what I mean, and I think you do--in If You Want, this EP delivers. Who could resist the argument to stay in when it's wrapped in such a charming pop package.

"Songs For Staying In" is a fabulous disc worthy of your hard earned cash, and a perfect follow up to their prior outstanding offering "Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon".

So come on. Support some fantastic local musicians on the ground level. You never know. They could turn out to be the next Spoon. They're already kind of a big-ish deal in Austin. Maybe your support can convince them to tour the rest of the country. Plus they give free hugs. Bonus.

You can pre-order/purchase both of these dynamite discs at their website They've been putting up videos of each song for all to enjoy--one per week--prior to the official release date & swinging soiree of May 11th.

So what are you waiting for? Get off your collective asses, jump on the link above and order their EP already. You know I'm just going to sit here and badger you until you at least give them a listen. Seriously. You know I will. I have no life so I have all the time in the world to pester you. Yep.

Did you do it yet? How about now. Come on. You know you want to. *poke* *poke*

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are really gladyou liked it and I definitely think you should do more album reviews in the future. That review would drive me to purchase for sure.
Paul / Quiet Company