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The Null Corporation
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Everything in Between
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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The Glad Fact
Western Vinyl

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Over a year ago, Dave Longstreth released an album under his own name called The Graceful Fallen Mango. This collection of basement recordings about his breakup with his high school girlfriend was well received by critics. The Glad Fact (released under the name The Dirty Projectors) is a things-are-not-so-good-with-me-a-year-later update.

Keeping with the ethic of his first album, The Glad Fact is a collection of lo-fi apartment recordings arranged by Mr. Longstreth and committed to tape on a four track. Though grainy and unpolished, the arrangements are well thought and complement his Jeff Buckley-inspired croon. The title track is a simple organ, guitar, and grimy percussion deconstruction that is both experimental and grooving. "My Offwhite Flag" with it's old R&B styled falsetto chorus, slow-plucked electric guitar, and home production makes it sound as if it was recorded in a radio station studio circa 1962.

After the initial handful of tracks Mr. Longstreth starts to lose me. It's not necessarily due to any lack of quality in the music; it's just that this is not the most accessible stuff. I don't mean "accessible" in the made-for-the-masses way, I mean in the way that the songs become self-indulgent and lamenting drudges through repetitive plucks and old-timey, meandering croons. The albums' strength seems to lie in the vocals and the lo-fi production, but by about halfway through the album it's not difficult to lose interest. It's not that the music isn't interesting, it's just that by the halfway point, you've heard what you need to hear.

By all accounts, Dave Longstreth is a genius. Unfortunately, in my experience I have found that geniuses can be very difficult to hang out with. They are prone to obsessively indulging their fancies and lack certain graces that make them bearable. Mr. Longstreth's music reminds me of that sort of genius: something to be admired, but difficult to appreciate. David Longstreth is young, however, so we have years to hear more from him. I'm definitely interested to see what the future will bring for The Dirty Projectors as The Glad Fact is a hopeful indication for future greatness.

Reviewed by John Peters
A former contributing writer for LAS, John married former music editor Sarah Iddings. That\'s the last we heard from him.

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