Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Finally, a really solid album from Ted Stevens
The Last Person You'd Expect | Seattle, WA United States | 07/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There's always been something about Ted Stevens' aesthetic that's kept me faithful to him (since Lullaby for the Working Class's album, Song) despite his never having released anything exactly mind-blowing. The latest Mayday release sees the band finally congealing into a modest, but solid band. There is no lack of quality on this album, although on first listen it sounds just like the previous two, both of which I failed to get much mileage out of. After listening to Bushido Kareoke a couple of times, I found myself wanting to hear more and more. If there's still some interested Mayday or Lullaby fans out there anywhere, then BUY THIS!
If you've never heard Mayday before, they've got a darker, traditional sound. I would actually liken this album to the Angels of Light's amazing new album 'Sing Other People,' in some abstract way. Both have similar textures and consistency, although Mayday's more uptempo. If you're a serious music fan, I'd definitely recommend adding it to your collection."
Chris Conlan (BreakingCustom.com) | Iowa | 07/31/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Review by Kyle Crawford:
Ted Stevens' main project Mayday may quite possibly be the most boring, mediocre Saddle Creek release to date. A heavy weight of sorts in the Omaha indie scene, Stevens fails to keep up to par with the likes of his friends and label mates such as, Tim Kasher's Cursive and The Good Life, and even the love him or hate him Conor Oberst.
Mayday's brand of music can be stripped down to a watered down version of Morrissey's vocals overtop an uninspired country-rock band with no direction. One of the things that captivate listeners of many Saddle Creek artists is the thoughtful lyrical format most of the bands seem to follow. While listening to Mayday's latest release, however, the listener may feel almost cheated as no cohesive element can be found throughout the entirety of the album.
What Mayday may indeed be, is the result of knowing and befriending the right people. All of Ted Stevens' closest friends are some of Saddle Creek's biggest stars, so it would just seem natural for him to be a star as well; unfortunately for all of us, he is not."