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S
Puking And Crying
Suicide Squeeze Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


October 1, 2004
If you're reading this, it means that you don't judge a book by its cover - good for you! You saw past a strange and not very good name in hopes that a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet. You were right, but let me whine about the name for a second; I can't imagine telling anybody about S because every conversation would end up sounding like this:

"So what have you been listening to lately?"
"Oh, I'm really into the new S record."
"What?"
"You know, S, like the letter."
"Oh. What's the name of the album?"
"Puking And Crying."
"What?"

In fact Jenn Ghetto, the mastermind behind S, has a history of bad names: before this, her solo project she was part of the unfortunately-named Seattle collective Carissa's Weird, a band I first heard about as having claim to the worst name of all-time. With such an introduction it was impossible to listen to their music, as unfair and shallow as that is.

Clearly, nomenclature is not Ghetto's strong suit, but I'm still writing this review and you're still reading it because Puking And Crying delivers the goods. For their second release, it seems S used the now famous Postal Service method of recording with producer and songwriter working individually and sending each other material. I say "it seems" because I can only infer this from the liner notes that read, "This was recorded in our bedrooms over the course of a year" and include crude instructions from John Wackerly to Ghetto about how to find the songs on what appears to be a 4-track.

Regardless of how it was put together, Puking And Crying sounds like an album a younger Mirah would have made if she was good friends with DNTEL. Ghetto's vocals glide through lyrics about boredom and heartbreak which are just vague enough to be palatable. "100X" is a bona-fide hit as Ghetto sings, "And you make this hurt just 100 times more/ before I could let you go/ before I could leave it alone" over a guitar hook you'd expect from the best parts of C'mon Miracle. Most impressive though is the way the songs on Puking And Crying melt into one another without pause; its hard to tell where one song ends and another begins, a technique that transforms the album into something of an emotional experience rather than just a collection of sad tunes.

Seriously though, can something be done about that name?

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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