The sound is not familiar, but it is distinctly agreeable. There’s Neil in there, and Warren too. Yet on deeper examination, there is also Rick Wright and Pet
I Knew You Were In Trouble
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They Died With Their Boots Off
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You Made A Fool of Everyone
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Make no secret of your mind, you never should.
The sound is not familiar, but it is distinctly agreeable. Theres Neil in there, and Warren too. Yet on deeper examination, there is also Rick Wright and Peter Gabriel. Wait, here comes Merle and Willie. Strangely, when you pull it all together it is not a gruesome pastiche. It is melodic, intimate, a revenant of our pasts. It is Graham Banks.
Just as early Genesis drew on mythology and english medivalism, Grahams music channels the unique themes of post-industrialism: loss of individualism, privacy, and independence. But still there is an inescapable sense of optimism.
Graham is unafraid to adopt the flaws of the modern world. Yet this public introspection reveals more about us together than any one person. Blood on the Tracks bared Dylans soul. Little Criminals exposed specific darkness through Randy Newmans first-person veil. Graham is somewhere in between, and its not always comfortable.
Disarmingly, these shared self-observations are often presented amidst strikingly well-favored music. The remarkably underproduced tsunami, to the soaring They Died With Their Boots Off, proves that the music and the ideas can each stand on their own.
The history books are full of someones freudian dreams.
Yet just when you thought this was a new way for Freud to torture your soul, there it is: the 2:30 catchy jingle-jangle song that makes it all ok. Heck, that might even fit at the end of a very special DeGrassi. Still, its best you dont think about those lyrics too much.