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Abernethy
He Teeny She
Self-Released

Rating: 7/10 ?


March 11, 2005
Joe Abernethy has a hell of a voice, and he's clearly aware of this fact; he smothers his understated, wiry acoustic guitars with coat upon coat of his singing. He multi-tracks himself to belt out ghostly harmonies, utter wispy "ooo"'s, and just plan pump up the volume.

As a result, his pop songs come laced with an intriguing subplot: Do we really need true community if technology allows us to create communities of self? The loneliness oozing from the legion of Abernethys suggests that solitude will always ultimately prove insufficient, but it's far from a definitive answer.

On the other hand, all of this layering can become a bit too much to stomach by the record's midpoint. Abernethy's chamber of lost souls aesthetic towers over his melodic sensibility (which is saying a great deal, because the man has quite the knack for solemn-yet-hummable verses) and the other instrumentation. When five Abernethys croon lines like "I ache for beauty", the Sad Bastard Quotient spikes to levels that even Codeine reached, and it wears one out rather quickly.

With a little reigning in of his Cave/Cohen pipes, Abernethy will probably be able to craft lilting, morose guitar pop on par with Grandaddy or Summer at Shatter Creek, but He Teeny She only hints at this day. What begins as an enveloping journey into the various halls of one man's consciousness eventually grows claustrophobic; at least the enveloping portion is compelling enough to invite repeat listens.

Reviewed by Phillip Buchan
A one-time music director at WUOG in Athens, Phillip is into college radio, literature, writing, buying records, going to shows, talking to friends, learning -- pretty much the same stuff that all of us priveledged, (pseudo?)intellectual Americans are into.

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