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Mecca Normal – “Observer, The ” – [Kill Rock Stars]

Thurston Hunger   3/30/2006   A Library, CD

Something about JEAN SMITH’s voice, the way it speaks to you
in between sing-song syllables. Stretchmarks of imagination,
instantaneous creative birth. Stories seemingly leap out of
her forehead, get bounced off the strings of DAVID LESTER’s
guitar. DAVID offers tight little balls of furious distortion
as well as choppy chords, but JEAN’s voice!?! So recognizable,
so welcome! I am woman hear me warble! And hear my world! Her
brilliant words, you get a sense of being so in the scene that
you become detached from it. Welcome to Paradox Paradise! Most
people aren’t that *aware* when they are actually there. So
calling this “The Observer” is genius, undeneath that title,
and down there in the interaction is a thread of online dating.
I am reminded of men coming for a princess’ hand, but none
being worthy. Behold Lady Sexullectual, not in an ivory tower,
no phallic prison, instead she’s out having coffee, shopping
for oranges, hugging goodbye, updating her profile. “Fallen
Skier” you are no match for her. Meanwhile, the staff are
encouraged to drink half-price when they show up. And we all
show up. Torched and torching songs from a two-foot eternal
flame that burns brighter and brighter. -Thirsty Hunger

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