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The Invisible Way (Sub Pop Records)

04/04/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



4/4/2013 - You may know that Robert Plant covered a couple of this Minnesota threesome’s songs on Band of Joy; he professes to listen to their stuff a lot, probably, I imagine, when he’s contemplating the eventual fall of man. The band doesn’t like the “slowcore” label they brought on themselves by playing slow, grungy, screwy songs, and I suppose neither do I — it’s more a case of gloom-folk-indie, particularly when drummer Mimi Parker is in the vocal forefront, at which point you can’t think of anything more similar to it than Peter Paul & Mary on handfuls of downers.  Produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, TIW has a whole ton of Mimi on it, and her untrained Joan Baez trilling got on my nerves, though not to the extent that I couldn’t hear the worth of the material.  It’s good, what they do here, from the Alan Sparhawk-sung  Gods Must Be Crazy-ish examination of a urine-testing cup by a future civilization (“Plastic Cup”) to the more, um, slowcore “On My Own,” with its pleasingly overlong sludge-grunge groan-along, a rare moment in this otherwise heavily acoustic set. A-






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