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I Do Perceive
Polyvinyl Records

Rating: 9/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I'm usually not one to speak up
But your decisions of late are, by all accounts, pretty fucked up.
(and not in a good way.)

The first lines of the album can pretty much sum up the way a lot of us feel in light of recent events. It seems as though it's a good time to be sad, if not altogether depressed. Beginning November third, I could feel a cloud of disdain covering everything and everyone I came in contact with, and I felt broken.

On the bus to work, all over my office and even at home that night - nobody in my life was happy. I think a third of my office stayed at home because they couldn't get out of bed (either that or they bought a one way ticket out of the country). I know nothing can be done about it now, I guess I just had more faith in our nation.

I don't want to be perceived as something I am not, so I will state for the record that I did not vote in this election. I won't pretend that I follow politics. I never watch the news, as I'm submerged in my own little world of constant insanity and girls going wild!* I never cause much of a stink about anything, and I'm good at staying out of trouble.

So, when I get word about the things our elected officials have done to make the world a worse place, I get a little upset. I know there is little to nothing I can do about it at this point. Guess we just get to play the waiting game to see how terrible things can get. I don't want to get too political in this review, but I read this line somewhere November third and I feel like reprinting it: The Hillbillies Have Spoken. Time for the rest of us see what trouble arises.

Owen is right there with the soundtrack to the sadness and it certainly makes you feel as though there is a little hope. If you enjoyed No Good For No One Now, I Do Perceive is like eating the same meal with larger portions of fresher food. The eight songs in this album are filling, but may leave you wanting a little more. It's just something we've come to deal with when receiving a new Owen album - it's always less than ten songs and nary a one goes over seven minutes in length.

Listening to this album is like snuggling with a large, warm blanket on a rainy day. You can touch everything in the world of loneliness Mike Kinsella creates and it's all soft and a little blue, but it's a good kind of blue - the kind that creates the foundation for better things to come. I'm sure better things won't be coming for this country in the next four years, but you've got to try and keep a positive outlook. Not everyone enjoys a rainy day, but we know they're necessary; just be glad you don't live in Seattle (and if you do live in Seattle, be glad for the invention of umbrellas).

Owen knows how to write a break-up song, and this album seems to be the most beautiful break-up he has gone through to date. It will keep a thought-provoking frown on your face while you wear your smile on the inside for a while. It's always good to look inside before you try to make the outside a better place. Time for some introspection for this country, hopefully we'll find an answer before things get too bad.

* my life is never insane nor filled with girls going wild, just rehearsals and shows, video games and record reviews.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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