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O'er The Mountain
Alice Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
O'er the Mountain is a farewell album of sorts for the Cassettes, at least for "the old lineup." After the release of this record, Stephen and Steve will leave the band to play full-time with Dead Meadow, who released Shivering King and Others for Matador this spring.

Like another recently released and highly publicized "farewell" album, O'er the Mountain doesn't live up to any expectations. Of course, the Cassettes never put out a great album, though it could be argued that Jay Z did, and if not, he definitely put out some great tracks. The Cassettes never really had such luck, or talent, for that matter, but instead of redeeming themselves on this album, they just get a bit worse, failing at making their album sound so much country as it sounds like Dispatch, especially on songs like "Lonesome Sound."

That similarity is often distorted by more basic pop influences like the Shins and Beck, as evidenced by the rocker "This Will Pass" and the simple and pretty "June Bogs." The latter is probably the best track on O'er the Mountain, possibly an indictor of the new, less rocking and sound that the band claims the "new" Cassettes albums will capture in the future. We'll have to wait and see if Shelby can carry this monster forward.

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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