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- Myths and Imaginary Magicians (Band Site) If you’ve been reading Askew Reviews for the past few years, then you certainly know what it means when I write that a cd has found a home on the top shelf of my cd rack. If you do not know what that means; only what I consider to be the best cds (see The Medveds, Flogging Molly, Darkbuster) make it to the top shelf of my cd rack. These venerable cds make it there because they are so good and deserve to be hoisted over my other cds making them easily accessible for quick listening. When in need for a music fix, there’s no need to fumble around looking for that great disc. As I am sure you’re well aware of where this review is going, I still must write, declare, and announce that the real estate on my top shelf has just diminished with the inclusion of Even in Blackouts. Ok, the cd case has found residence on the top shelf, the cd itself has been in my car since it’s been in my possession because that’s where I listen to 95% of my music and spend approx 80 miles a day. Even in Blackouts, the newest musical project by Screeching Weasel co-founder/guitarist John Jughead, is best described as acoustic pop punk with female lead vocals. However, the label “acoustic” is a weak term since the music sounds deeper than that with the three guitars perfectly arranged with the bass and drums. Topping off the magnificently played music are Liz Eldredge’s intriguing vocals. Liz’s sound is a complex combination of vulnerable sounding sweetness backed with a strong sense of confidence and an “I could be the best or worst thing that ever happened to you” attitude. Since I love every song on this cd and this review is already getting a bit too wordy, I’m only going to hit on my absolute favorites here; Although the lyrics in “If Leaving Were To Be So Easy” are the same few sentences repeated over and over, the sound of Liz’s voice and her need for space is so profoundly heard, it pulled me in and made this song a favorite right off the bat. For reasons I can’t explain, other than it musically and lyrically sounds cool, “Summer Comes” is simply a great song. “Missing Manifesto” and “Love Cynical Style” are right up there as well. Amongst the twelve tunes here are a few covers; Screeching Weasel’s “Hey Suburbia” and Operation Ivy’s "Knowledge.” Perfectly arranged music, dead on vocals for such music, and great lyrical content is what makes this cd a great listen. You get the ol’ triple play music fans. You’ve read the review, now buy the cd. You won’t be disappointed. – Denis Sheehan




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