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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
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The Null Corporation
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Lisbon
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The Moomaw Collective
Kiss Me Red
Simba Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Some counseling would do Nathan Moomaw a world of good. At the very least, unburdening his soul to a therapist might just save him from ever again penning lyrics like "I'm so plastic Barbie smiles at me/ So indulgent I wait for Ken to see" or "Stepping over my own ego/ can't seem to put my foot down." Feel free to wince or groan at will.

Those lines come from "Mother Nature's Evil Governor". It's the third track from The Moomaw Collective's new record, Kiss Me Red, a lo-fi, faux-folk mess that wallows in a self-pity that Moomaw, who's accompanied by percussionist Adam Kriney, doesn't even try to hide. On the album's unlisted finale, he begins by saying, "I'm feeling sorry for myself today." Enough already. All this self-loathing reached the saturation point about half an hour ago. More heinous lyrical crimes are found elsewhere. Like "Stars", the fourth track, even exhumes the tired "All the world's a stage" cliché, and ends with Moomaw asking a lover to be his "rock 'n roll fantasy."

What's frustrating about Kiss Me Red is it's the ultimate bait-and-switch. The first song, the achingly beautiful "In the Air", seduces you with gossamer vocals and delicately plucked guitar that echo Nick Drake in his finest hour. Even the lyrics are imbued with gorgeous, melancholy imagery. The pace picks up with "Passing Pont Victoria", the second track. A song about hitting the road to leave a troubled existence behind, it succeeds on Moomaw's impassioned strumming and vocals, even if the angst sounds a little forced. It's too bad Nathan Moomaw didn't go to confession before recording Kiss Me Red. Unburdening his soul to a priest might have saved him from penning lyrics that wallow in self-pity. Lines like "I'm so plastic Barbie smiles at me" and "Stepping over my own ego/ I can't seem to put my foot down" in Mother Nature's Evil Governor.

Unfortunately, Kiss Me Red deteriorates quickly into bland, maudlin singer-songwriter pap. Songs in middle of the record drag on and on like a funeral procession - the worst example being "Powderhouse Park", a dirge that stubbornly refuses to change its morose path. Here's hoping someone will light the way for The Moomaw Collective.

Reviewed by Peter Lindblad
Peter Lindblad lives in Appleton, Wis., and bleeds green and gold just like all the Packer fan nutjobs in the area. He does draw the line at wearing blocks of chedder on his head, or any other body parts for that matter, though. His professional career has taken weird twists and turns that have led him to his current position as an editor at a coin magazine. He hopes his stay there will be a short one. Before that, he worked as an associate editor at a log home magazine. To anyone that will listen, he\'ll swear that Shiner was one of the greatest rock bands to ever walk the earth. Yet he also has much love for Superchunk, Spoon, DJ Shadow, Swervedriver, Wilco, Fugazi, Jawbox, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Modest Mouse, among others.

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