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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Rating: 7/10 ?

October 18, 2006
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (SSLYBY) is a terrible band name. I cannot stress that point enough. Despite this nomenclatural error, the band's debut album, Broom is a sweet little piece of indie fluff. Fans of The Shins and especially those of Weezer will find a lot to like here.

Most of the tracks on Broom center on acoustic or undistorted guitar strumming over a drum part that exists only to keep time. The album really has very little variance in tempo or dynamics from song to song. This lack of flourish is not necessarily a bad thing though because as a result each song seems flawlessly executed. Vocal harmonies, hand claps and piano parts are carefully placed so as to have the maximum impact.

The majority of the vocals delivered by SSLYBY are sung by Philip Dickey, who, to his credit, sounds a bit like Elliot Smith. Most of the lyrics here are delivered in a soft, near whisper. Like the music, nothing too extreme happens. Track six, "House On Fire" is about the most exciting moment, lyrically speaking: "We did what we could/ to save this house from falling/ but it burns because it's wood/ and now you'll never call me darling."

I haven't listened to a Weezer album in its entirety since the depressingly underrated gem Pinkerton; as of late the crap the band attempts to pass off as music seems to grow exponentially shittier with each new single. What I like the most about SSLYBY is that they seem recognize the best parts of early Weezer while avoiding the shit-tastic traps in which Rivers Cuomo and his crew have become ensnared. I probably won't be listening to Broom a week from now but I will most definitely look for the next SSLYBY album without the smug visage with which I will greet the next Weezer effort.

Reviewed by Jon Burke
A contributing writer and a Chicago resident who will not be goaded by LASís editor into revealing any more details about his potentially sordid affairs.

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