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Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga
54' 40

Rating: 5/10 ?


March 18, 2005
There are days when I wake up and I know I won't be able to get anything done within the first five minutes of being awake. I don't suffer from headaches or "the Mondays," but I experience days when the first moments of consciousness never end. What is the musical solution to the problem of these dreary, do-nothing days? Should you confront them head on with an assault of Providence noise-punk la Lightning Bolt to jar you back to life? Should you travel deep into your library, looking for something inspiring like A Love Supreme or Daydream Nation?

Though I'm all about letting music make or break my mood at any given point, I have found that trying to counter a lackadaisical day with sonic excellence is only confusing and off-putting. The best solution seems to be to put on something mediocre - something a friend recommended a month ago that you listened to once, but were unimpressed with and tossed in the backseat of your car where it would sustain major jewel-case trauma. These CDs, too, have their place - they celebrate all things average. You should have at least 15 albums that you have no strong feelings for, just to make your love for the great ones all the more gratifying.

Ticonderoga's self-titled debut is such a disc; the eleven tracks are there, but when you get to the end of the 40-some minutes of music you're not sure how you got there. It's not that there aren't any memorable moments, it's that you won't remember them until you hear them again - like a name you can never recall.

Ticonderoga's droopy approach to songwriting could put you to sleep, but it could also make you think about how much you love lazy days indoors. The way Phil Moore sings, "I sleep with the furnace/it's a dry heat" on "High Score" is so wonderfully mundane, it makes me wish I knew more about turn-of-the-century French literature, which I have a feeling is just as drab. And I'm fairly sure "High Score" is about playing video games.

Sometimes Moore's voice is so fragile it can be overtaken by the string section that pops up on "Two Old Witches" and "Northshore," but on the best tracks ("A Welt," "Arrowhead") it seems as if Moore is singing from his couch, sprawled out and half-moaning about popsicles and bruises. "I was wrong/I was wrong wrong wrong/when I thought I could do this" is as close as we get to a chorus on "A Welt," perfectly summarizing those days when you just can't wake up, and don't want to anyway.

This album won't strike your fancy, nor will it incur your wrath. It will sit there, waiting for a rainy day when you are feeling particularly middle-of-the-road. When that day comes, Ticonderoga will roll out of bed and accompany you to the couch for the rest of the day as the two of you watch the minutes go by.

Reviewed by Andy Brown
A regular contributor to LAS, Andy Brown lives in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, but doesn\'t think he has an accent.

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