Of course, the best approach is to take Marr on his own terms. Serious and even sad themes are prevalent, but Marr consciously provides upbeat tunes. An excellent example is the first single, "Just To Be Like You", which deals with a flawed father/son relationship.
While joyous pop arrangements predominate, Ski Lodge slows the pace on a few tracks. In particular, the title track is a complex, intriguing song that has grown to be among my favorites on the album. It reveals a side of Marr's songcraft I'd like to see explored in the future.
The second single from the album is the bouncy "Boy", which deals with a suffocating relationship --
With its bright sounds and energetic pace, this album is perfect for the waning days of summer. But in my view, it would be welcome any time of year. My suggested tracks, in addition to "Just To Be Like You", "Boy" and "Big Heart", are "I Always Thought" (simply perfection, that one) and "I Can't Tell", which sounds like a track from Pet Sounds.
Big Heart is out today, August 20, via Brooklyn's Dovecote Records.