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Finally, after 30 seconds, Phillips announces his concerns. There's more of that same chord under and over which the bass meanders, and then the guitar chords start to sound threatening, and Martin raises his voice with it.
And for good reason, because in typically succinct fashion, he's already up to the chorus, which finds him accompanied by the same menacing lower harmonies as used on 'Push.
And then, just when we expect a trip back to that admirably simplistic chorus line, 'Wet Blanket' grinds to a halt. Like 'Push' before it, it's verse, chorus, verse, heart emptied, over and out. Certain songs we associate with particular periods in our lives, and for me 'Wet Blanket' will always recall that dreary English summer.
As it happened and this is the short version , at the time I first heard that song, I was stuck in miserable wet London, not in love with anyone. Except that in New York, where I wanted to be, was an English girl I could easily fall in love with, a girl for whom I had patience I never found for anyone else, with whom I could talk so effortlessly and share my thoughts so readily, and who seemed to take as much delight in my own company, yet who I had passed over once before and who now had her own boyfriend and never gave any indication of wanting to change partners.
Night after night that summer - and I have to confess, for much of the following year or two, during which we both emigrated from the UK, though to opposite parts of the world - I went to bed singing to myself, "Because you're so so beautiful, why aren't you mine?
Brave Words could have ended there, as far as I was concerned, and it would have been a flawless five-song EP. And it's true that the rest of the album doesn't quite scale the same emotional heights or depths?
All the same, its half dozen other songs better most act's entire albums. The unusually brisk 'Dan Destiny and the Silver Dawn' finds Phillips' vocal at its most intensely high-pitched, holding the listener rapt, while Easther provides gorgeous backing vocals. There are several more declaratory couplets: "There's always sleep, just out of reach" from '16 Heart Throbs' , "I'd much rather go down fighting cos at least I can go with pride" from the title track , and finally, from 'Creep,' a sense of romantic satisfaction: "You're the answer to a prayer time after time, year after year.
And when they do, they should be heralded from the rooftops. Really, albums this pure, this racked with emotion, this naked, this willing to take musical risks - to come up with perfect choruses and then perform them just once, to end songs so frequently on the imperfect cadence - do not come along very often.
To an extent, that's how Brave Words was received, gaining great publicity for the Chills in all countries, especially the States, where it was released on Homestead in Saturday 9 May Sunday 10 May Monday 11 May Tuesday 12 May Wednesday 13 May Thursday 14 May Friday 15 May Saturday 16 May Sunday 17 May Monday 18 May Tuesday 19 May Wednesday 20 May Thursday 21 May Friday 22 May Saturday 23 May Sunday 24 May Monday 25 May Tuesday 26 May Wednesday 27 May Thursday 28 May Friday 29 May Saturday 30 May Sunday 31 May Monday 1 June Tuesday 2 June Thursday 4 June Friday 5 June Saturday 6 June Sunday 7 June Monday 8 June Tuesday 9 June Monday 15 June Tuesday 16 June Wednesday 17 June Friday 19 June Saturday 20 June Sunday 21 June Monday 22 June Tuesday 23 June Wednesday 24 June Thursday 25 June Friday 26 June The first proper album from the Chills , following a several-years'-long string of classic indie pop singles, is the culmination of the band's early promise.
Produced by Texas art rock weirdo Mayo Thompson , the sound is thick and echoey, adding a layer of foreboding even to relatively bright tunes like the manic opener "Push" and turning songs like the brilliant "16 Heartthrobs" a creepy, anguished memorial to Jayne Mansfield into dark, throbbing epics. Andrew Todd 's organ work is unusually prominent in the mix, overshadowing even Martin Phillipps' lead vocals on several tracks. The effect tends to treat Phillipps' voice as another instrument, which when combined with the tumbling logorrhea of his lyrics gives the sound an odd, unsettling urgency.
Brave Words doesn't have the simplicity and directness of the Chills ' early singles collected on the Kaleidoscope World LP , which caused some longtime fans to dismiss the album upon its release; listened to at some remove, the merits of songs as graceful as "Night of Chill Blue" and the endearing "Look for the Good in Others and They'll See the Good in You" are obvious.
Bad Eggs. Shake Your Shoes for Scorpions. Smile From a Dead Dead Face. The Other. Red Sky Morning. Edible Light. Frozen Fountain. Donald Duck in Chicago. Night of Chill Blue. Wet Blanket. Rolling Moon. Dan Destiny and the Silver Dawn. Living in a Jungle.
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