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ME!- Searching for a Former Clarity (Fat
Wreck) Front man Tom Gabel is one helluva poet.
Seriously, the manís lyrics are far and away the finest Iíve
heard in years. This discís
title track, a sparse, raw rumination about the self-realization that
comes with dying a slow, painful death has literally given me goose bumps
every time Iíve listened to it. Powerful,
powerful goddamn stuff. ďFrom
Her Lips To Godís EarsĒ is the best scolding of Condoleezza Rice
youíll ever hear, and it just moves like a muthafucka.
Thereís a nice variety of tempos and styles- all serving as the
backdrop to Gabelís impassioned yelling- on Searching for a Former
Clarity that makes it hard to classify this as just punk or rock or
folky punk rock or any damn thing like that.
And this really speaks volumes about what a quality band Against Me
is. This said, itís now time
for the other shoe to drop (squarely into a pile of [bull] shit,
probably): As much as I like what these songs say, at least half of them
donít really do it for me musically.
Itís sort of like having the choice between banging your very
cool, incredibly funny yet sort of homely platonic female friend or the
vacuous, annoying, gum-snapping yet drop-dead gorgeous babe you just met
at the bar. Against your
better judgment, youíll probably go with the looker because she just
inflames your unreasoning id so much more.
And this is why, as much as I like and respect this release, Iíll
probably listen to its more hooky lowbrow contemporaries exponentially
more often. ĖBen Hunter