Archive for the 'Sevens' Category

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) I’ve become obsessed with segues and album structure over the years. I appreciate, probably to excessive levels, a record that puts all of its parts together in a way that shows the strength of even the album’s weakest moments. […]

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) The Roots’ Undun is a concept record – a man’s life told in reverse, starting with the flatlining of his heartbeat and working backward through his life. But it’s interesting that within that concept, the last song with lyrics, […]

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) I’m not sure who you trust, but I hope it’s not a musician. Chalk Robert Pollard’s Guided By Voices up as the latest group to renege on their promise not to reunite, not to tour, and not to record […]

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) Johnny Cash did it, and nearly turned it into a hymn. John Mayer did it, and sweetened the notes until it sounded like Paul Simon. The dance-punks in Electrelane and the power-punks in The Motorettes both tinseled it up […]

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) There is an understood snarl to much of Alex Chilton’s latter work beginning with Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers. While it was certainly detectable on the group’s first two LPs, it was in no way so pronounced…so visceral. “My Rival,” […]

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) There’s a moment in Sleater-Kinney’s “Modern Girl” where the music and lyrics begin to meld in ways rarely seen in popular music. But it relies on a lyrical thread that builds from the song’s opening. The song’s melodic, sing-songy […]

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) In January of 2006, Will Oldham, under his working guise of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, released a collaborative ten track covers album with the comparatively abrasive post-rock quintet Tortoise. They called it The Brave And The Bold. I loved the […]

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) The muse that is ‘Summer’s end’ has long served as an allegory for countless pieces of prose, poetry and, of course, song. From the Beach Boys to Don Henley (“Boys of Summer,” anyone?), the bittersweet transition from the warm, […]

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) The shifting landscape of commercial music has forced the industry to reconsider how to best deliver its music to an audience. It has also, inadvertently, breathed new life into songs and artists that were past their heyday. Nick Drake’s […]