Listening to a Trouble Books song is like asking a genius child with A.D.D. to describe his day.
It usually starts off as a pretty cohesive tale. There’s a plot, some structure and everything you’d expect from a great story. It may then just stop abruptly, but more often than not, it takes an unexpected turn and carries you along on a wonderful ride.
Their new album Gathered Tones adheres to these same exciting rules. An idea or a theme is presented via a sweet pop song with occasional boy-girl harmonies. Verses and choruses don’t repeat. Once the original point has been made, the song will go off on an adventurous musical variation on the theme with lush arrangements and the occasional beeps and blips.
The recording process seems to have been perfected. The sound is crisper and clearer but in the same time sparser. The string arrangements and horns give way to electronic sounds and more guitars. If you close your eyes there’s still that underlying eeriness and unexplained sounds throughout which makes it another perfect headphones album.
Their previous album The United States of Trouble Books was my favorite album of 2008. Gathered Tones doesn’t fall short of its predecessor. With its beautiful raw emotion, funny yet self deprecating lyrics and courageous musical twists, Trouble Books deliver another brilliant album to close your eyes and dream to.
Trouble Books - Past the New Parking Deck
Gathered Tones is out March 3rd.
Posted on February 24, 2010