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1: Grace (3:26) A tribute to Jeff Buckley, who died tragically
in the summer of 1997. This song starts off the album, appropriately,
with suggestions of three against four polyrhythm and percussive
guitar playing. Anand sings "why did I not listen well before?"
2: Bonedragger (4:55) "A weird little poem I wrote after reading a book
called Riddley Walker, this kind of post-apocalyptic Huck Finn. It's sort of
an eerie funk about death and inevitability." - Patton
3: Midnight Ramblings (3:14) A fast slapping acoustic song. Anand gives an
eye roll to angsty intellectual chatter: "I am content to sit here listening
as you take apart the world . . . but it really doesn't matter to me".
4: Bottle (4:31) A bass-driven ballad with beautiful, intricate guitar work.
As the song progresses, it changes, gaining a manic quality as the
tranquility of a good relationship turns bad, and a wine bottle shatters on
5: Please (4:10) Rich chords and harmonies mark this anthem about inertia and
need. "When I woke up today I tried to go the other way...but I end up at
your door". The song climaxes as Anand cries out "take my handle,turn itó
6: Battering Ram (2:29) A horny hard rock romp about . . . um . . . sexual
determination. bluesy chords, odd time signatures, wild guitar solos.
7: Frontroom (5:33) It starts out as a funky acoustic groove about the
strange vibe in a hospital waiting room, "they ain't got no sympathy for me,
they don't know my face...calling out next as they flex their finger...put me
in my place." But when Nate Van Til drops "The Bomb", it gets down, with
deft wordplay like "the ways I make my funz iz/ I makes the crazy punz, see/
the way that everyone shuns me/ for having the verbal runs, see/ the
loneliness stuns me".
8: Statement (4:27) [Download
40 seconds of the song in MP3 format by clicking on the song title.
(1.2 megs)] Distorted guitar and slap bass rock hard and
syncopated. Vocals are cold and mechanical with both vocalists clashing
together: "I do not trust the word love/ It produces self hypnosis/
And a strong impression/ That to love is simple." "If you think
that's a strong statement", says critic Dave Merrill, "you have
to hear the rest".
9: Trainsong (4:47) This acoustic song, sung by Anand, was chosen for the
feature film "Who's On First." Cyclical, train like verses open to a lush
and powerful chorus.
10: Untwined (3:13) Just Anand and his electric. "Another year, another hour,
it all collapses over me...and I am missing you".
11: Slight Return (1:43) The Bomb, revisited.
12: Without Shame (5:10) A great driving song. Laid back feel, peacefully
resigned vocals: " If I don't know what I'm running from, I may
know someday/ If you see me smiling as I run, remember me that way".
Also appearing in the movie "If You Only Knew".