Have you been
considering whether or not to check out AdmiralTwins album,
"Unlucky?" Well, before you buy, let me do a shameless promo
for it on this page. Heres what I think of the tracks from the other
band on the Albertane Tour:
If this song doesnt cause you to laugh out loud, I dont know
what will. One of my favorite phrases is, Black-cat infested night.
I dont know, I just like the sound of it as it rolls off your tongue
and especially the way the guys sing it. (BTW, Ive noticed a large
population of these creatures in my neighborhood. Theres always
one crossing my path whenever I take a walk. Hmmm . . . ) What about the
music? Its a great way to kick off the album. Its a very short
track, but it sets the tone for this entire album. Besides the lyrics
are also a great way to console yourself if you werent one of the
lucky ones to get backstage passes. Its almost as though Admiral
Twin sympathizes with you as you hear Jarrod (?) say: And all the
little bus drivers sing . . .
A Box under
This is a GREAT song to air drum to while in the car. . .
Not that I would know from personal experience, especially while sitting
at red lights causing the people directly behind me to switch lanes. Oh
no, not me. This song is for anybody who has lost someone they truly loved,
and dont know how to (bang, bang) break the spell thats held
them down. The beat also made me wonder if Admiral Twin contributed at
all to the concert version of Sometimes. Hmmm . . .
Um, this was my early favorite since I recognized it right away from hearing
it live this summer. I always crack up when I hear Peneleope
say, WHAT? after the phone rings for, I guess, the 27th time.
(grin) I also wonder if choosing this song is kind of an inside joke for
the band a memorable line is, Ill chant your name until
I see you again! Half the time they play this song theres
more than likely hundreds of young fans chanting the name of a certain
band. The tunes here have a high bounce factor something
the band is famous for in Tulsa (according to the bio on their original
webpage: The Mellowdramatic Wallflowers).
Such a Saint
Really, the lyrics are too clever to miss (But if youre looking
for cleverly written songs . . . that will be one of many reasons to become
an Admiral Twin fan.): And Ive known evil, mean, bad people,
kinder than you . . . And you probably have since this girl was
having lunch with Joan of Arc "today down at the Blue Room.
She told Joan she'd like to barbecue. Then laughed as Joan began
to cry. Heartless, no? Again, the melody does not disappoint. The
one thing Ive noticed though, is that sometimes the lyrics may sound
bitter, like the guys are writing about painful break-up experiences,
but the music still sounds festive.
When I Hit
There are a few lines that you may take with you and mull over for awhile
afterwards: Your head hits the windshield, when I hit the brakes
. . . This is song is kind of bitter.
Many people may wonder if Admiral Twin, like Hanson are keeping their
faith at a low profile. I dont know. This is a great song about
being a believer.
This one starts out whispery. Its a melancholy song that finally
wonders, God, Where, Are You, Now?!! Theres a section
at the end where the band layers their voices that is pretty cool.
You can picture the writer at his favorite park in Tulsa, suddenly discovering
his future love sitting under the very tree he has come to year after
year . . . after they fall in love, she disappears. Sigh.
. . . But
There are a couple of lyrics that bug me in this song: Everything
you say is Greek to me and Its a cracker-jack deal.
I dont know-- they sound cliché. Just my opinion.
Know All I Know
Weve arrived at my favorite track! This song literally causes me
to feel like Im melting, Im melting. Its
simply gorgeous! I refuse to taint your enjoyment and opinion of it by
quoting lyrics (Although, apparently, I have no problems doing that with
the other tracks. Hehe). It makes me think of someone considering a marriage
proposal. A friend said it reminded her of Simon and Garfunkel. Graceland
has always been high on my list of favorite albums. Hmmm . . . After the
melody has ended, there are some melodic strains that sound to me like
music that might have been played at a Shakespearian wedding.
Youve no doubt heard this one if youve been anywhere near
an Albertane Tour stop. Tons of fun. From what I hear, its a favorite
of a certain Hanson math tutor, video operator, and MOE contributor. This
may just be a rumor Im not completely sure.
Heres a swingy version of A Box Under His Bed. The first
part always makes me think of that Oddsville music where Taylor
does his infamous dance moves. There are some twangy sounds before and
during the song. If you like the Box song, this version is
a fun remix of it.
The thirteenth and final (?) track is a smoldering love ballad. This is
a song for people who know what its like to be with someone who
completely understands you. But wait, dont just switch off your
CD after the time noted for this song . . . or else youll be missing
a real treat. This album has some hidden tracks on it for all those who
love surprises. (For "Fog" you'll need a technologically advanced
CD to hear . . .)
Thats my assessment of "Unlucky." Id love to hear
what you have to say. Thanks for listening!
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