Certainly one of the more prolific figures of his
generation-if not one of the more deliberately obscure-Lou Barlow has
maintained a steady presence in one guise or another (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh,
Folk Implosion) for the better part of the past twenty years. However, it’s as
a solo practitioner that he reveals his more articulate intents, and this new
outing proves no exception.
Still, as always, there are ample layers of foggy melodies
and washed out vocals to hack through before Barlow’s melodies actually
congeal. For every shimmering set-up like “I’m Thinking” or the lilt and
delicacy bolstered by “Modesty,” “Take Advantage” or “Too Much Freedom,” there’s
the agitated sludge that blurs “Sharing,” “Gravitate” and “The Right.” Visceral
and intriguing, the music stills demands a closer hearing. While Barlow may be
edging towards accessibility, clearly he can’t quite commit himself yet.
Standout Tracks: “Take Advantage,” “Faith in Your Heartbeat” LEE ZIMMERMAN