The Intelligence: Everybody’s Got It Easy But Me

A lo-fi sound with two backing bands for a boost in sound.

Lars Finberg (Formerly: A Frames, Presently: Thee Oh Sees, Wounded Lion) returns with not one but two backing bands for this new record, which is good news for we listeners. The lo-fi sound of albums past gets a little boost into mid-fidelity mode, and this DJ finds that to work quite well for the music. These songs move pretty quickly, for the most part, with the band launching forward like they have something to accomplish. Finberg delivers messages of discontent about the music industry, the general populace, and the world at whole, but the musical backing is so sincere that you can’t help but smirk and groove at the same time. Or just groove, that’s cool too.
Quick Take: Sardonic rock and roll that’s actually having a good time, dammit
Think: Thee Oh Sees, but not so out of control, and with the drummer at the helm in Dwyer’s place
REC: 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 (Del Shannon cover), 12 (six minutes of badass madness) [I recommend this whole album]
FCC: 11
Label: In The Red
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Alex Applegate reviewed this album on July 1, 2012
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