Schooner

Hold On Too Tight

by Jason MacNeil

12 August 2007

 

Some albums seem to attract listeners from the get-go whereas others take quite a few times to warm up to even a handful of tracks.  Schooner tends to lean towards the former with the simple “Carrboro” that sounds like a catchy Velvet Underground B-side.  The tandem of Reid Johnson and Kathyrn Johnson pull off harmonies that would fare well compared to the likes of Luna.  Meanwhile, the doo-wop flavored “Pray for You to Die” is deadpanned rather solidly in terms of delivery.  Although there are a few pieces that are basically interludes, songs like the majestic “Tears in Your Ears”, the country-tinged “Leaving in Your Room”, and “Married” are finely and delicately crafted.  Yet another highlight has to be the poppy, spring-in-your-step feel oozing from “They Always Do”.  Schooner rarely straddles from what works, especially on the shuffling, melancholic “Hospital Floor” and the rather tender “Ladybug” which sounds a bit like The Arcade Fire.

Hold on Too Tight

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