Is this record worth a spin? Should I buy it? Will it add to or detract
from my credibility? Should I care?
I wish someone could break it down for me.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Islands- A Sleep & A Forgetting

Official break-up record from the founder of The Unicorns. There are traces of the carnival organ that dotted previous Unicorn and Island releases, but this is a fairly stripped down, straight-forward affair. Inspired by a break-up and subsequent move from NYC to LA, Nick Thornburn sat down at his piano and banged out an album about lost love and lost apartments, maintaining his masterful pop edge in the process. The record was recorded in less than two weeks with minimal overdubs, the songs mid-tempo and subdued, a paean to more traditional rock music, almost devoid of the trademark quirkiness that defined Thornburn's sound with The Unicorns. Very much a mood record, but still catchy.

Buy this record for a Saturday night showing of Ordinary People with a box of kleenex.


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