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Idle Acres
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Rating: 8/10 ?

October 1, 2004
When I'm severely angered, I do one of two things: I clean the house or go for a drive.

Whereas I don't really understand the catharsis behind cleaning, I easily recognize the peacefulness instilled by a nice, long drive to nowhere. Perhaps it's my inner desire to simply abandon all the trimmings and trappings of this life and start fresh elsewhere. Or maybe concentrating on the sound and movement of the car is just enough to take my mind off of whatever's clouding my judgment.

For either mode of escape, in discovering Idle Acres, I've uncovered the perfect soundtrack.

The Belles craft quiet indie folk-pop songs that find the perfect balance of placidity without becoming boring or flat. Although smooth and soft enough to take charge of the atmosphere, they can still hold your interest and keep you distracted.

"Left Arm Tan," a song about driving with the windows down, naturally piques my interest more so than any other offering on Idle Acres. One of the poppier offerings, this track could easily parade as an emo song in acoustic clothing, which is easily understandable considering it's birthplace (Lawrence, Kansas - home of the Get Up Kids), producer (Ed Rose), and players involved (members of the New Amsterdams and The Appleseed Cast).

The simple plea of "I just want to be left alone" is a nice lure into "Don't Write, Don't Call." It is perhaps my slightly antisocial nature that finds solace in this song's desire to "slip away unnoticed," but I feel it's an experience most of us can empathize with.

"What We Are" closes the disc with a few twists and turns, but nothing to break up the flow of the EP. One of the more sonically interesting pieces on Idle Acres, it leaves you with a good taste in your mouth and at least half a thought to put it on repeat.

Admittedly, the first part of the disc is more impressive than the last half, but overall it is a solid listen. Though it is with the type of songs that could quite quickly become snooze-worthy, The Belles somehow manage to create a disc worthy of the time it takes to hear it.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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