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I am listening to The Silver Mountain Reveries' Pretty Little Lightening Paw and it's pretty neat.

I stumbled across this EP, not knowing that it was another change in A Silver Mt. Zion's name until I read a review. At least it's a smaller name change, this time. Apparently, Pretty Little Lightening Paw was a disc that A Silver Mt Zion recorded and put on sale during their last tour, one of those you had to be there to get it kind of things, which they've now turned around and released. It's a good thing, too, because it's a solid little album--much more so than their last full length release, the fantastically titled, "This is our Punk-Rock," Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing. That album was the first full length vocal album the band put out, and while not bad, it lacked the strength of their earlier releases, as if stretching the songs out into longer Godspeed You Black Emperor length tracks with vocals left the band in a considerably weaker position.

Pretty Little Lightening Paw, however, feels as if it grew out of the excellent second album, Born Into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward, with the vocals and instrumentals weaved together in a much tighter combination. The lyrical style is in keeping with "This is Our Punk-Rock," Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing, and not like the strangely catchy and oddly brilliant pop song 'the Triumph of Our Tired Eyes' that rounds out that second album, but just not having songs that stretch out for fifteen, twenty minutes, appears to have created a tighter, stronger album. Plus, it's hard to find fault with the opening that screams, "The name of this song is more action! The name of this song is less tears!"

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studebakerhawk
Sep. 17th, 2004 05:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there were parts of Silver Mt Zions last album that i just loved (like that cresendo on track three) but you're right, it did kind of rely a little too heavily on the vocals. Good to hear the new release is worth listening to, even if they did change their name... though i do wish Godspeed would put out something new. Have you heard Explosions in the Sky? They're fucking FANTASTIC.
benpeek
Sep. 17th, 2004 11:02 pm (UTC)
no, i've not heard them. i keep meaning too, however. maybe i'll put one in my next order--recommend any one in particular?

i always liked a silver mt zion more than godspeed. those first two albums are fantastic, and the short vocal sections are just cool--and i love the lyrics in 'movie (never made)'.
studebakerhawk
Sep. 17th, 2004 11:29 pm (UTC)
Well Explosions have two albums - 'Those who tell the truth shall die, those who tell the truth shall live forever', and 'the earth is not a cold dead place'. I'd go with the first one to begin with. They really are terrific, i have both albums. I might actually post a track on my site for downloading.
benpeek
Sep. 17th, 2004 11:34 pm (UTC)
yeah, the one i've seen round is those who tell the truth shall die, those who tell the truth shall live forever. nice title.
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