Of course, you need time for the lyrics. The clever phrases grab you first, as they are meant to do. One of the best is the title of the standout single "Spooky, Stony, Barely Over Thirty". Beyond the quick rush of those phrases, your focus eventually is drawn to the stories themselves. Jon has a keen eye, and a memorable way of taking the past, perhaps giving it a bit of a twist, and wrapping it up in verses that burn into the listener's memory. You know the stories are someone else's, but Jon has a way of making them accessible. For example, I've never had a lover tell me she wasn't in Spain even though I saw her there, but when I listen to "Spanish Accusations" and its delicious retro chord progressions, it reminds me of a few situations with past lovers. And these lines from "Spooky, Stony, Barely Over Thirty" may tickle the memories of many of us for whom youth is in the rear view mirror:
We were wasted, we were warnedThe songs on Secret Kids that impressed me most the first few listens were the up-temp songs "Cardinal Points", "Spooky, Stony, Barely Over Thirty", "Spanish Accusations", "Queen of Sweden", and "Summer Palace" (all of which are on my current, go-to playlist). However, while the charms of the lovely "I Am A Bad Dreamer" or the withering "Victor Bockris" may show themselves more slowly, they are fully formed gems waiting your discovery. How can anyone who has loved not connect with this line from "I Am A Bad Dreamer"?
We were vague and poorly formed
We were soft, don't rub it in
Almost lost, don't rub it in
She was spooky, stony, barely over 30
She allowed herself to dream of the crusade
To lay waste to the city streets, and collapse every county seat
And depart from the apartments of the easily laid
I was dreaming of your love, I guessThis album is a treasure not to be missed, dear readers.
You were groping me, you were getting dressed
I was carnal, I was careful When you came to me and gave to me my evils
Virgin Of The Birds is out now via Abandoned Love Records in North America and Song By Toad Records in the UK/Europe.
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