RIYLHot Water Music
Burns Out Bright
04. Assisted Living
05. Black Heart Charades
07. I'm A People Person
08. Winning Over Grief And Sorrow
10. This City Is A Model, But We Are Not Model Citizens
12. Shadow Companion
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Clair De Lune is a band that forces you to listen to what they are saying, and chances are if you have half an ear for good music you've probably already heard them. If not, then you should know that they make a musical statement, as well as political and social commentaries, that pull no punches. Their latest release on Deep Elm Records is certainly no exception and these Minnesota boys have thrown it all out in the open and have nothing to hide.
Assisted Living starts out right with "Killjoy". This track is a powerful opener that immediately sets the tone for the entire record. The honesty from track to track seems to get more brutal as the album progresses. Along with the honesty, the passion and the dynamics of the album take their own twists and turns that keep you on your toes begging for more. Another thing that this band does particularly well is the built-in sing-along chorus that drives several of their songs.
The pace of this album is something else that really keeps listeners interested. Where many albums these days seem to sound the same track after track, Assisted Living keeps you stimulated with each song and your ears aren’t always being assaulted nor being lulled. While so much of their strength does come through their intelligent lyrics and a strong vocal performance, it is in the 8th track, “Winning Over Grief and Sorrow”, that Clair De Lune shows their versatility and their real strength as musicians that has allowed them to put together such a top notch album. This bands’ ability to shift gears from song to song and effectively execute each in its own way is certainly refreshing.
While this band is one of the few on Deep Elm that is active on that label, it isn’t always the easiest for their bands to keep afloat with the die-hard indie label. But lets hope that Claire De Lune is able to stay at the top of their game and continue putting out great records. If not, then hopefully Deep Elm can provide Claire De Lune with some Assisted Living.