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|drag city (usa) #dc 202 cd|
jim o’rourke “insignificance” compact disc
- all downhill from here (4:59)
- insignificance (5:12)
- therefore, i am (4:53)
- memory lame (5:57)
- good times (4:04)
- get a room (6:57)
- life goes off (6:21)
|drag city press release...|
hot damn! we’d heard this new o’rourke was going to be great. but nobody told us it was gonna rock us so!
yeah, jim’ll rock ya — and once you too have heard insignificance, there will be no argument about that. and whether the opener, “all downhill from here,” is a “message number,” of one kind or another, its raucous nature alone pops a hilarious pie into the face of your average o’rourke follower’s expectations, don’t it? it’s a red herring too of course. because in jim’s hands, the screaming love of rock n’roll is still not just “only rock ‘n’ roll.” instead, insignificance consists of rock plus: multiple musical allusions, layers of discreet noises, great playing from all the players and, to top it all off, funny pop tunes laced with lyrical arsenic. as the moving finger of o’rourke points (and clicks...just kidding! insignificance is an all analog affair), moments will come and go — to remind you of other moments. moments will arrive that have no precedent. and different, conflicting emotions will flash within you. he’ll have total control of you, the helpless listener.
and we like it like that!
and that’s just for starters. elsewhere, insignificance widens the screen of the o’rourke sound — whatever that is. as mentioned above, along the way, you’ll find a riff or two that one can truly ride. there’s more than one classic invitation for the lead vocalist to sneer and shout over it all — but of course, our jim prefers instead more to murmur and moan quite melodically, to a most — shh! — sensual effect. there’s a spacious ballad to cool you down, then another one of those sick love songs in the mold of “halfway to a threeway,” as well. it’s all in the name of fun, jim, we know! and it sounds great.
cut quickly with a skeleton crew after two years of indecision, insignificance brims with a newfound — we can’t really call it maturity — it’s more like a newfound immaturity, actually. the man is finally emancipated, speaking out, and telling it like it is. which guarantees not just a view to a bleeding heart of love, but also a more flinty soul of scorn. prettiness — and bitterness — abounds throughout the album. they go together like some loving confection, don’t they? however it may taste to you, insignificance clearly signals a new day for us all.
as a bonus while listening to insignificance, one can reflect upon how often catchy little tunes can be extended to, well, extended length — five to seven minutes per pop song is a lot, if you think about it — without resorting to needless jamming (or even mindful jamming). instead, o’rourke and co. take the option to extend the construction of whatever great song is at hand, leading to the thing we call “further development” (as opposed to “furthur development,” which has it’s time and place as well). time gets compressed, and before you know it, insignificance has sprung all sorts of moves on you and moved on out. it’s a vital, breathless experience that leaves all wondering where we’re going to be the next time o’rourke comes out with it. until then, the truth of insignificance hurts a little bit.
still, you’ll have to admit — insignificance is another triumph!