Couch Songs 0304


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Review Text Three years after his first solo album, former Squirrel Bait frontman Peter Searcy is back with another set of introspective, acoustic-based singer/songwriter fare. Searcy is often compared both to Hüsker Dü's Bob Mould and the Lemonheads' Evan Dando, but on Couch Songs his sound is really more pre-punk than post-punk. Here he plays all the instruments (which include guitar, piano, mandolin, cello, and percussion) himself and sings all the parts; this gives the songs a certain immediacy and haunting intimacy, but for the most part they draw you in and then leave you unsatisfied. "Rewind" is a subtle, lovely, and gently heartbroken ballad of romantic regret, and on "Spinning" the combination of an unpretentious string arrangement and a hooky but even less pretentious melody works beautifully. Most of the rest of the program, though, either plods along depressingly or meanders aimlessly. This is the problem with one-man shows: without someone else in the studio to call you on it when you get too self-indulgent, the temptation to lapse into solipsistic wankery can be hard to resist. Not bad, but not great. ~ Rick Anderson

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Rewind - 4:50
  2. 2. Gravity - 4:38
  3. 3. Deny You - 5:46
  4. 4. Invent - 3:59
  5. 5. Lost - 4:20
  6. 6. Spinning - 4:04
  7. 7. Loneliest Girl - 3:44
  8. 8. Losing Light Fast - 4:39
  9. 9. Sparks - 4:44
  10. 10. Graced - 4:31
  11. 11. Nothing - 4:43

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