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    Clogs “Lullabye for Sue” [Brass Land]

    The sum of the parts is greater than the whole : violin +
    guitar + bassoon + percussion. Rachael Elliott’s bassoon
    sounds like an old man lost and wandering a strange city
    at night. Bryce Dressner, who rocks fairly straightforwardly
    with The National, gets a chance to be far more interesting
    here. Look what happens 3 1/2 minutes into the title track?
    Percussionist Thomas Kozumplik is precise in his quests for
    tinkering trinkets, he builds some of his own instruments.
    Lastly Padma Newsome is the chief composer and the one
    who united these four Yalies. His whistling violin on
    “Turtle Soup” is as key an ingredient as its crushed ABC
    radiocast excerpts. Tasty! Actually the album peaked a
    little earlier for me, right there after tracks #2 and
    #3. Keeping Dressner amped up I think is a good idea, his
    playing gives this album more of a clamour than a chamber
    state, recalls the promise of Tom Cora locking bridges
    with the Ex! Many of the pieces take lengthy rests in
    them, be forewarned. More singing from the winsome
    Newsome should be encouraged. His soft soprano voice on
    “Gentler We” plays nicely off the ominous music beneath.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 25, 2005 at 1:22 am
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