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Music Reviews

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Gingersol
The Train Wreck is Behind You
Rubric Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
What a beautiful expression of the art behind musicianship when you find something so lovely, you want to share it with everyone. Rubric Records did just that with Gingersol's 2001 release, The Train Wreck is Behind You, by re-releasing it to a greater audience. If not for their insistence that I give this a listen, I may never have found it, and so my heartfelt thanks go out to those involved.

Gingersol has toured with Pete Yorn, Clem Snide, Alejandro Escovedo, and [label mate] Mary Lou Lord; their tracks have been in TV and film, and yet the band has remained in fair obscurity to this point. Hopefully, with these accordant steps, it won't be much longer for these talented young men.

Blending complex philosophies with stripped-down country rock, they represent the parts of America that still see freedom as an art form. "Who Cares" could grace an old Jayhawks album, as the lush and self-deprecating title track might find its way as a miniature ballad on Whiskeytown's Pneumonia. A definite knack for straight-laced pop meets with the rustic front porch open-air performance style that makes Americana such a pure musical strain. Acoustic guitars and harmonicas beset by pained, raw vocal chords make for a star-filled, bleary-eyed summer evening. If you prefer Wilco's A.M. period (before they dabbled in more abstract genres), you will find a piece of home here, with the soft scent of warm pie and sweet cigar smoke billowing through your comfort zones.

The band can be proud that there is nary a track worth skipping on this release; while a critical finger stays poised on the button, it relaxes in the pleasing temptation of easy, countrified daydreams.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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