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Blue Eyed Son
West of Lincoln
Eenie Meenie Records

Rating: 4/10 ?

October 1, 2004
The transformation from "punk troubadour" to just plain "troubadour" has commenced and the results are, well, less than spectacular. What happens when you get tired of playing in a punk band and start listening to tons of Elliott Smith? Mimicry, son, ape that shit! A priest, a rabbi, and an interior minister of Uzbekistan all walk into a bar. They run into Andrew Heilprin and ask him why he doesn't play with his old band, 40 Watt Domain, why he has opted to strum an acoustic guitar and sing softly instead. Dude, how else are you supposed to get on NPR's "All Songs Considered"? Adults who like contemporary eat that up. Trust me.

Blue Eyed Son has made a record that is steeped in softly strummed mediocrity, even if it plays at the heights of said middle ground. On "Self-Fulfilling Prophecy" Heilprin gets it right: "Why in the hell would anyone care?" Throw in a Bob Dylan cover ("I Threw it All Away"), an almost note-for-note rip-off of Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance" (it's even called "Mary"), and songs roundly fleshed out by a backing band of percussion, bass, guitars, keys, and some strings... what do you get? I am not 30 yet, even though I am getting close. If you're like me, you may still feel the occasional urge to "rock out," as horribly hackneyed and juvenile as that sounds. You won't get that here, although I suppose if you're coming to a Blue Eyed Son record for said "rocking" you are in the wrong place to begin with. Heilprin's voice at times sounds exactly - yes exactly - like our dearly departed Smith, which isn't really commendable, or all that original, which is really why it's not that commendable. Circle takes the square. Blue Eyed Son has a made a minimally capable and uninspired record.

I can't get no satisfaction from panning a record like this, but I ain't getting' it from throwing this on my stereo either. One bad attitude deserves another, I suppose. Skip the Blue Eyed Son and stick with your Jason Molina, your Phil Elvrum, and yes, your Elliott Smith. At least they've all got something to offer that rises to the top of the froth.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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