Dylan Edrich, who recently contributed strings to Thee Oh Sees ' most recent two albums, lends her talents to a handful of songs, from the plaintive violin solo on "Peace of Mind" to the frantic viola on "Change". He makes the "pop" part of the equation look effortless-- in 10 songs, he offers 10 solid, catchy melodies.
When it comes to "power," he's much more conservative than he's ever been before-- especially when you consider Slaughterhouse. There are entirely acoustic songs here that pretty well prove that he doesn't need to rely on punk rock sludge. So when the tender stuff is over and he steps on the fuzz pedal, the effects are extremely satisfying. It doesn't even take center stage or threaten to become the main attraction-- it just adds a sturdy, noisy spine to Cronin's formerly delicate ballad.
Everything-- strings, fuzz, slide guitar, etc. He uses the more muscular sounds to offset his bubblegum jangle, and while he did ask Ty Segall to lend a hand on the album, he only brought him on board for two guitar solos. Neither are very flashy-- they're well-placed bursts of power that complement the melody.
There's one moment in particular that puts to rest any notion that Cronin is just a glorified garage sideman: "Don't Let Me Go", the only track Cronin recorded entirely by himself at home. It's just him, his acoustic guitar, and his voice singing both the melody and harmony.
With that skeletal structure, he loses the "I'm not sure what's next or why I act like this" tone and gets straight to the point. Matthew Philp. John Subtirelu. Claire Buss. Matt Allbones. Adam Crown. Barry M Martz. Rory McAuley. K St John. Nick Grover. Matthew Haynes. Alden Eagle. Tiimothy Everhart. Debbie Pressman. Justin Held. Elias El-Rif. Kenneth Malloy. Purchasable with gift card. Weight Shout It Out Am I Wrong See It My Way Peace of Mind Mikal Cronin.
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