Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Fair to Midland - "Arrows & Anchors"

Fair To Midland - Arrows & Anchors
2011, One Music

1. Heavens to Murgatroyd
2. Whiskey & Ritalin
3. Musical Chairs
4. Uh-Oh
5. Amarillo Sleeps on My Pillow
6. A Loophole in Limbo
7. Typhoid Mary Sends Her Best
8. Short-Haired Tornado
9. The Upset at Bailey Bridge
10. Rikki Tikki Tavi
11. Golden Parachutes
12. Bright Bulbs & Sharp Tools
13. Coppertank Island
14. Three Foolproof Ways to Buy the Farm
15. The Greener Grass

Arrows & Anchors reminds me a bit of Devin Townsend's Addicted. Not because they sound alike but because I haven't heard a record this...well... addicting since then. I find myself wanting to return to this album again and again. I scratches a musical itch I didn't even know I had. The guitars are thick and crunchy. The vocalist moves from soft whispers to growls to soaring clear notes - sometimes in the same song. The songs get stuck in your head for days. This will certainly make my "best of" 2012 list.

Useless Fact: "Rikki Tikki Tavi" is NOT about that cartoon with the mongoose that fights the cobra. I can't remember what the actual movie was called.

1 comment:

  1. "Rikki Tikki Tavi" was a character taken from "The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling. The story was also adapted into an animated TV special by American animator Chuck Jones in 1975.
    If you have the chance read the book or see the film "Captain's Courageous" also by Kipling. Excellent storyline. I am checking out this album now.