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Sundowner "Four One Five Two"

Sundowner
“Four One Five Two”
(Red Scare)

“Steal Your Words,” the album’s opener, is both haphazard and beautifully prosaic. It sets the stage for a full LP’s worth of simple, strategic and altogether earnest musical assault...

“Steal Your Words,” the album’s opener, is both haphazard and beautifully prosaic. It sets the stage for a full LP’s worth of simple, strategic and altogether earnest musical assaults written by a man (Chris McCaughan, of the Lawrence Arms) who’s got a lot to say. The man behind the mic knows how to tug at the strings with his affective and all-too-perfect manipulation of acoustic chords and vocal waverings. Never is this more apparent and enjoyable than in the immediate “The War is Noise” which drips with ingenious oodles of irony (see: “Everything must go wrong before it goes right.”). It crackles through the speakers and satiates that thirst those of us who search for more intelligence in our Emo have had for the longest time.

“Midsummer Classic” is an apex with its literary lyrics, verses that feature throwbacks to The Beatles, Edgar A. Poe and Modest Mouse. The Audio Geography heads us to a trail blazed by the Lawrence Arms’ independently-talented and versatile Mr. McCaughan who displays range, humor and sentience here that should make Chi-town proud and aware of its latest gutter poet.—Bob Freville
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