Thursday, March 29, 2012
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: BAHAMAS - BARCHORDS
All good stuff. Best though, is how smooth it goes down, how simple and elegant it is, and how strong the songs are. Each one has an easy gentleness, along with moments that soar, plus grand and soothing melodies. I wouldn't call these numbers stripped-down, as they all feature guitar, bass, drums and lots of vocals, but there is lots of space, and nothing unnecessary. The three instruments, especially Jurvanen's guitar, give us everything we need. This certainly lets the glow of his voice come through, and the notes ring out. Just the right amount of knob-twiddling gives so much punch and presence. OK Alright I'm Alive features plunked bass, cymbals taps and guitar chunks in the sparest way possible, but still stays bouncy and funky.
He even manages to make noise sounds pretty. On the track Never Again, a one-note guitar line becomes fast, distorted, and loud, but still seems to be coming from a wispy cloud rather than a thunder storm. All this sonic ability serves the words so well, as hushed intimacies and admissions become monumental. Plus, Jurvanen is a super crooner. I'd call it ear candy, but the compositions and lyrics are so strong, that's too flippant for this quality disc.