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.



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...


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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