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Cave-Ins
Gridfarce By Lamplight
Omnibus Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I wasn't all that excited to listen to Gridfarce By Lamplight. I don't know why. I just had a bad feeling about it. There was something about the way it had been laying it my room for days, maybe weeks, untouched. One of those last-of-the-batch type things. But good things sometimes come when you least expect it, and good things, for that matter, came right out of my stereo as I listened to the Cave-Ins first full length. It was actually good. Really good, in fact.

Gridfarce By Lamplight has this sort of lived-in, warm, cozy quality to it. The album is good for all moods, all weather, anything, really. From the first song, "Aliens or Emotion," I think you just might be hooked. Its kind of Neil Young-sounding, kind of jangly, some parts even sound similar to the Actual Tigers, in the use of beautiful, slow but no-where near lethargic verses sandwiching great twangy sounding choruses. By the time "Mystic Mayo," the fourth song, rolled along, I was completely into Gridfarce By Lamplight, especially since the song in question was one of the best on the album as well. The album stays good till the end and back again (I had it on continuous repeat). Luke Top and Matt Popieluch's vocals croon, Scott Edergard's drumming lends beats that I have both slept and energetically done sit-ups to, and guitar and bass lend the majority of melodies, though banjos and organs were also used for added effect.

This is the kind of stuff that keeps you calm and relaxed, happily basking in the warmth of good music. Its comfort music, you might say.

Listen to it when it drizzles, pours, snows, hails, when the sun is shining on the most beautiful day of your life, but listen to it, seriously. It'll leave you feeling good and comfortable, I promise.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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