The Brown Shoe - The Wheat Patch
It almost gets there, but doesn't. "The Wheat Patch", by Brown Shoe
is an album created for the purpose of stirring emotion. However, that emotion is not of excitement, but melancholy. While not bad, per se, it becomes tedious when exposed over an hour long period. That's what constitutes the main problem of "The Wheat Patch" - monotony. The vocals, instruments, and composition are top shelf, but the monotony brings it down. Brown Shoe create a Shearwater-esque sound: moody, lingering, reminiscent of autumn. However, no song strays far from the norm on this album. Listen to one song and listen to them all. That's not to say this is a bad album, it's just not great. It just doesn't pique my interest. However, if you're into the type of music they make, I wouldn't want to discourage you from making a tidy purchase.
Sad Girl - Twenty Years
Taking more than just a couple years to produce, Sad Girl
's "Twenty Years" was worth the time and effort. As they say, "Rome wasn't built in a day." Rome was a legendary civilization, profound in its technology, military, and society. "Twenty Years" is almost Rome in music form. It's not a definite "Rome", such as Neutral Milk Hotel's classic, or any of Beethoven's masterful symphonies, but it does strike the right note. Blues, rock, maybe even a little techno-dabbling all come together to make a nice album, with great, gruff vocals. Though I was suspicious of the album, judging by the cover, I've decided that the saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover" is as true as it ever was. Though, a minor gripe to be sure, is that it does suffer abit of "The Wheat Patch" syndrome - montony. However, with this album, I don't mind it at all.