Garlic – The Murky World of Seats (Bella Union)
Garlic just tries too hard to prove their indie rock chops: the funny/clever/obscure lyrics, the jangly/noisy/monotone guitars, a pedal steel, weird-o sound effects, time changes, a whining vocalist with a bad Lou Reed inferiority complex, etc., etc., etc. I played a bit of this for Phil Wise and he said he heard some Pavement in the best cut on the album, “Slave to the Summer, Son.” You can pick up a hundred other influences here too, and that’s why this disc fails. Garlic is a band with great potential, as yet unrealized. I’d like to see these guys perform live and discover their true heart and soul, because I don’t hear it on this record.
Some MP3s are available on Garlic’s site. Buy it from Amazon.
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This record is a masterpiece from start to finish in my personal opinion. Also, the band were always nothing short of incredible whenever I saw them play live. Sounds as good today as it did when I first discovered it.