I Was Born At Night 0505


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Review Text I Was Born at Night sounds like the work of the middle band on a three-act bill at any given indie rock club: a time-killing diversion before the band the audience actually came to hear. The songs are agreeably arty guitar pop given added tension by a tightly wound rhythm section that leans towards crisp, busy drumming and basslines that carry a lot of the song's melodic weight, in keeping with the post-punk tradition. (A less muddy production that emphasized the bottom end would have been greatly appreciated on songs like the propulsive "Christmas Isn't Christmas.") Singer Jarvis Tavierne has a pleasant but entirely anonymous voice, which actually does the songs a favor, because it allows the listener to ignore the strained, too-clever lyrics of songs like "House of Cats." There's one bright spot on I Was Born at Night, a genuinely terrific rocker called "A Few Minutes an Hour" that recalls classic Superchunk. The rest of the album is nice enough, but nothing special. ~ Stewart Mason

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CD: 1

  1. 1. House of Cats - 4:44
  2. 2. Kids Get Cut - 2:05
  3. 3. Few Minutes an Hour - 4:28
  4. 4. Temp - 3:29
  5. 5. Christmas Isn't Christmas - 4:45
  6. 6. Hands Off - 3:14
  7. 7. Wounded Knee - 3:10

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