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Efren

Rise on Up and Melt

(Slo Pro; US: 28 Jun 2011; UK: Import)

Sometimes divorce does great things for artists. Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks.  Springsteen’s Tunnel of Love. Even Ben Harper gave his best effort in a long while with this year’s Give Til It’s Gone. For Efren’s Scott Low, though, divorce just plain sucks.


Two years ago, the Georgia-based band made an album primarily comprised of grainy acoustic tracks in the vein of Iron and Wine’s The Creek Drank the Cradle. Then a year later, the tables turned when they cranked out Charlie Daniels-esque, yipped-up Southern rock on their EP. Yet now, Rise on Up and Melt merely exhibits Low’s lamentations as he crawls back into a corner again. If you dig Eels, you won’t mind the frontman’s demons (his voice resembles Mark E’s), but after last year’s effort, this record is incredibly underwhelming. Once Low signs the papers, he’ll hopefully clear his head with some upbeat Americana. Efren sound better when jamming.

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Matt has been reviewing for PopMatters for only a short while, but he's been obsessed with music ever since he started forming memories. He watches way more TV and Netflix than he ever reads, but when he does read, he reads Bill Simmons' Grantland. He contributes to MVREMIX, as well as writes for his own blog, The-lysine-contingency.tumblr.com. He resides in Los Angeles.


Tagged as: acoustic | americana | athens | efren | georgia | iron | low | scott | wine
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