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Monday, September 18, 2006

Did I Step on Your Trumpet?

If you are in the minority here and you haven't picked up Danielson's latest LP, Ships, then go do yourself a favor and buy it. You won't be disappointed. Danielson just sings these friendly, unassuming, popy folk music. The result of such an ambitious mix could have turned ugly, but Daniel Smith does a great job countering the absurdness of his music with catchy hooks and rocking solos.

A lot of people find his voice unbearable, but I guess it is one of those love-it-or-hate-it type of things. The way it scratches and jolts all over the place throw people off, but as long as you don't dwell too much on the voice, you'll really have a good time. Like his pal, Sufjan Stevens (who actually plays on the record), a lot of the his songs on Ships are religious in nature. This should not throw the listener, anyone who listens to the album knows that it is completly harmless. Even those who don't agree with Danielson's beliefs will have a fun time with this album.

There are few songs this year that are as good as "Did I set on Your Trumpet?". It sounds strikingly similar to Modest Mouse, while still maintaing its originality. I recently found out that Danielson is opening up for The Flaminf Lips next week, which make me even more excited to see the show.


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