â€œLetâ€™s build a wall between/All of the kerosene/So we can juggle road flares/In the yard.â€ The lines come in the verse that bursts out of a more subdued lament (â€œMaybe this time Iâ€™ll get lucky and youâ€™ll mean all the things you say to meâ€) on â€œRoad Flares,â€ off of Reed KDâ€™s â€œAshes Bloomâ€ album, a really solid singer-songwriter collection of folk-rock love songs. Reed can be likened to Simon & Garfunkel, or maybe acoustic Death Cab for Cutie (in musical style onlyâ€”his vocalization is entirely different). All these comparisons are somewhat apt, but above all heâ€™s got his own voice. He eschews witty lyrics for insightful ones, and avoids long musical flourishes, preferring instead to pack many deep thoughts into each song, forcing the listener to constantly ask, â€œWhat did he say?â€ and back up a few seconds to catch it again. This is true poetry, set to guitar, and a sweet gem. Perfect music for a cup of coffee and the Sunday paper.
REED KD-â€œAshes Bloomâ€
| January 27, 2008 |