Monday, December 24, 2007

Songs from the Year of Our Demise
Pattern 25

After the successful Posies comeback that was Every Kind of Light, Jon Auer releases his very first full length solo album. After the high of Light, Auer has decided to make his solo statement with a come down album.
The opening “Six Feet Under” sets the tone for this somewhat somber collection that obsesses over the end of love and life. Presumably inspired by the television series of the same name, this song possesses a slight operatic stance wrapped up in Auer’s trademarked pop-rock trappings as he sings –
The rest of Songs from the Year of Our Demise shares this reflective atmosphere. Not that the songs are downers, by any means, as Auer imbues his recognizable pop savvy prowess into this rather grave subject matter.
No shiny Beach Boys pastiches or Kinks-like rave-ups this time round, as tracks like “Bottom of the Bottle” with its wistful power and helpless plea for a second chance, “Four Letter Word” with its incongruent goose-stepping and its visceral bitching, “Angelita,” a forlorn love song with its sense of regret, “You Used to Drive Me Around” with wailing violins announcing the unfortunate death of a relationship, ‘Song Noir” with its downbeat naivety and the Big Star evoking “Cemetery Song” with its sad ruminations of the demise of a loved one.
I guess you could call this find solo debut a mature work, right off the bat. Of course, Auer is not new to the game but Songs from the Year of Our Demise confirms the depth of Auer’s compositional gifts. Certainly highly personal, Auer brings his listener on a journey through the heartbreaks that so often litter the path that is life.
Much to consider and to reflect upon here and ultimately, yes to celebrate and savor. A

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