Thursday, November 03, 2005

If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry

Here is a link to my recent review of Marah's new album, If You Didn't Laugh You'd Cry.

I had quite a bit more to say, but they prefer short, concise reviews, so I did my best to follow those guidelines. Bottom line, the album is very good. As one of my friends said, it rivals Kids In Philly as the group's best ever.

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4 Comments:

At 7:46 AM, Blogger Dan said...

Complete with the obligatory Springsteen comparison

 
At 9:23 AM, Blogger Pete said...

DA, I don't think there could be a Marah review without one.

 
At 11:35 AM, Blogger Dan said...

It's true. This review from Boston alternative weekly, Weekly Dig, manages to include a Springsteen reference while simultaneously criticizing that very practice. It's a nifty trick:

Philly’s Marah has attracted comparisons to The Boss and Tom Petty, and the reason for this is threefold: 1) Laziness; 2) They’re a good band; 3) Their folksy tales of the downtrodden and their penchant for El Camino-rattling rock. Of course, all of this is made moot by their latest, If You Didn’t Laugh, You’d Cry—which, after a few studio fiascos, they recorded live in, like, two takes. The result sounds less like Petty and The Boss, and more like early Replacements.

 
At 11:59 AM, Blogger Pete said...

Cat,

Somewhere near the crossroads of Laziness and Truth, you have the mandatory Springsteen/Marah comparison.

Much like Body, I feel like Walt Whitman Bridge sounds so close to Bruce, they should almost be ripped for it -- if it wasn't such a tremendous tune.

Also, you should check out Bill's blog, linked in my cover story entry. He's got his top/bottom 10 Bruce of all-time today.

 

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