Day 167: Telekinesis – 12 Desperate Straight Lines

14 Aug

You Turn Clear in the Sun

Long time readers of Swole Ear may remember my post about the other Telekinesis record.  I’m too lazy to go back and check exactly what I said about that album, but I think it was something along the lines of “this is a good, albeit derivative, indie rock record.”

Honestly, I could just reuse that post, and it would fit perfectly with 12 Desperate Straight Lines.  Telekinesis has done it again; the band has made yet another solid album, one that sounds like a million others already out there.  That’s not to say that I love the band or its music any less.

“We fell in love in the Summer / by the Spring time we were done/ is it any wonder that I didn’t run?” sings Michael Benjamin in the first few seconds of You Turn Clear in the Sun, Straight Lines’ opening track.  It’s a soft, fuzzy, warm little number that starts off the record in a manner very similar to the band’s other LP.  No, these aren’t genius lyrics, and yeah, I’m probably doing my Swole Ear double-standard thing again, but I really like this band for whatever reason.  It’s my attraction to melodrama shining through, I guess.

So is it a bad thing that a band made the exact same record twice?  Is it a bad thing that I don’t care, and I like both of these records all the same?  I think it’s a no to both of those questions.  I know, I’ve written about how it’s cool to see a band’s sound evolve over the years, but I also love me some comfort music.  That’s what we’ve got here.  If you’re a hater, you’re bound to hate.


One Response to “Day 167: Telekinesis – 12 Desperate Straight Lines”

  1. Yuanny Dollar August 18, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    This is boring indie-by-the-numbers. There is soooo much better out there.

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