Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Don't Ask Don't Tell
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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An uneven album, occasionally brilliant.
T. Berghreinsson | Iceland | 07/21/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Come: Don?t Ask, Don?t Tell
I have owned this CD for close to ten years now and I?ve never accepted it as a worthy follow-up to the brilliant Eleven:Eleven, no matter how many times I return to it. I haven?t heard their third album but in comparison to Come?s whirlwind of a debut album (Eleven:Eleven) I expected at least some spontaneity, unexpected tempo changes and formless free-flowing "harnessing of electricity". Instead we?ve got an album that mostly constists of predictable songs with singing that merely imitates the awesome cathartic release from the first album. Many of the songs come across as pretentious whining, like Sonic Youth on a bad day (think of "Experimental Jet Set,Trash and no Star"). The refreshening blast from their first gives way to unfocused groggy noise.
What mostly annoys me (apart from the predictability of the songs) is the inauthentic and affected vocals. That said, the album sounds best when the singing is more straightforward ("Let?s Get Lost" and "Wrong Side") and the sound is cleaner, particularly when it is very naked and vulnerable. Two brilliant exemples are found in "The German Song" and the final song "Arrive". Actually, if it weren?t for these two songs I would totally ignore this album. They eleveate the album way above mediocrity of the other tracks. As masterclasses in subdued tension, these two songs create much more "power" than the noisy rest of the album (The sound is actually similar to Thin White Rope?s guitar approach: Two guitar?s gently trickling around each other?s serpentine loops, forming an engaging counterpoint through delicate tension. Throbbing pulse of the drums and a soft raspy (occasionally hovering) guitar in the background. There is even a hint of that special warped guitar sound from Nick Cave?s "Watching Alice" in the final song, fitting just perfectly).
So basically, these are the only two songs really worth returning to. Two or three more songs are fine but the rest is substandard material, inauthentic in execution. Come to think of it, with stricter quality control, the album would actually have made an excellent EP.
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S. Smith | 03/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This happens to be one of the best albums of the 1990s, and yet no one really seemed to care much about Come, aside from critics, and those of us who listened to the opinions of J. Mascis in the early 90s. He said Come was his favorite band, but in many ways, they were far, far better than Dinosaur ever was. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" an explosive album. Buy it now."
Deep and moving
loctgruv | phila, pa | 03/28/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Come isn't for the uninitiated but they should be due to their instrumental prowess and the emotional catharces that Thalia Zedek expounds every time she opens her beautiful, burned soul up and sings her heart out. "German Song" sounds an open letter to a child promising there's "nothing safe for you" in this world as the pretty, minor key chord changes emotionally tell a similar story of isolation and abandonment. " string" is a (stones-ey) letter to a love gone wrong and a statement on control and dependence in relationships. "let's get lost" and "finish line" both stand out as further emotional snapshots. If you like to be rewarded by your music and search for real beauty, look no further than Come."