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Juno
This Is the Way It Goes and Goes
DeSoto

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


March 12, 1999
Juneau is the capital of Alaska. Juno, the tridential guitar attack, is from Seattle. I'd heard about this band well before this record came out via DeSoto; their singer, Arlie Carstens, broke his neck in 4 places in late February while snowboarding in Nevada. Amazingly enough he wasn't paralyzed. He's apparently still bed ridden with a metal halo bolted to his skull to hold everything in alignment while his neck heals. To top it all off they're planning a tour for this summer. No shit.

This is Juno's first proper album and it is basically 10 songs of three-pronged guitar complexity. The first track, which I had thought was called simply "Great Salt Lake" is fully titled "Great Salt Lake/Into the Lavender Crevices of Evening the Otters Have Been Pushed." Whatever. Like the title, this song is way overloaded. There's some sort of short-wave radio in the background, a never-ending guitar part and even a farfisa piled onto this tune. The droll vocals are pretty played, too.

"All Your Friends Are Comedians" was the one Juno song I had heard a couple of times before, but it sounds way different on this record and they seem to be playing way faster than normal.

"Listening Ear" came across nicely, with additional spooky vocals by the highly touted Jen Wood, and the track is the sure-fire gem of this record. I don't know what is going on with the bass in this song, but it sounds like a huge old water pump or something. The last track, "The Sea Looked Like Lead" is really long with some weird vocal styling and has a very depressing feel to it; then again I guess they are from Seattle where it supposedly rains all the time, so depressing is par for the course.

I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised by this album, especially since it is their first full-length. I have some personal style differences (their long songs I think could have been shorter, the short ones I think could have been longer) but really dig the 3 guitars stuff. I can certainly see why DeSoto would be interested in these guys. Look for big stuff from Juno.

Reviewed by Avery Jones


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