Sunday, January 17, 2010

Would You Lose If They Ask You

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I don't really have an excuse for not paying more attention to Edsel back in the '90s; maybe there was so much similar-sounding stuff back then that after giving their records one or two spins I just filed them away. Still, after ripping the Edsel track on the "Vehicle" 7-inch a couple of weeks ago, I finally started thinking that they could be a pretty decent band, and so I dug out the one other Edsel vinyl that I own-- their "No. 5 Recitative" single on Jade Tree-- and, well, it has its moments. Sorta striding the middle between Jawbox/Fugazi D.C.-type stuff (obviously) and maybe some Touch and Go indie rock stuff like Seam (at least on the b-side, "Laugh Him to Scorn"), I'd say. You can't go wrong with the top-notch control of dynamics and the solid playing here, especially the snappy rhythm section, so I can dig this.

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Edsel -

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"No. 5 Recitative"

"Laugh Him to Scorn"

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Jonathan said...

This is the only thing I actually own by Edsel as well. I've probably never really given them a fair chance, although on paper they are always described as something that would be right up my alley.

lex dexter said...

I, too, was a bit dismissive for no reason during their heyday, so thanks for this material.

Please note that the Edsel dude is in the wonderful Obits now!

Brushback said...

Ha-- we're all creatures of the same habit!

Chris said...
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ib said...

Definitely have more time for the b-side. Some beautiful packaging going on here too; like some ridiculously expensive imported tea.

Brushback said...

I had to delete the Oriental spam, except now your guys' jokes don't work!

Brushback said...

The mp3 files on this post are now listen-only (non-downloadable) files. TOUGH LUCK, CHARLIE! No, actually, for those of you who missed the boat, I will do my best to respond to any e-mailed requests for the original files.