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Three Cherries

Sin Ropas

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Album Review

Much of the music on Sin Ropas' debut, Three Cherries, locates itself somewhere between the future and the past. Piano, banjo, and acoustic guitar sounds strike a sometimes uneasy alliance with eerie machine noises for a sound containing equal measures anxiety-producing-tension and archetypal beauty. Lyrically, you get the impression Tim Hurley (Red Red Meat, Califone) is not missing the opportunity to go deep into his own well when in "Tripped on Your Cape" he repeatedly murmurs, "You'll take the knife out," or when in "Redtooth," he sings "Mother can you hear me, it's too late for me to say/When you carried me in another way." "I Found Your Teeth" will remind those familiar with the music Hurley has helped create in the past that he is not afraid to indulge in atonal instrumental experiments that require very a specific time and headspace to appreciate. There are a couple of selections ("Little Cheater," "Tender Facial Rake") that fall into more standard rock configurations which are more immediately tasty but ultimately less nourishing than standout tracks like "Rabbit Dreams" and the aforementioned "Redtooth" and "Tripped on Your Cape."

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Sometimes the sheer gravity of excess talent can be the seed of a band's disintegration. When this happens it's sometimes a boon for fans, leaving them with two or more new groups to enjoy. Chicago's Red Red Meat was such a band, making recordings of such emotional complexity that it often takes repeated spins, coupled with the ongoing admonitions of the already converted for their brilliance to sink in. After the disappointing reception of their 1997 Sub Pop release, There's a Star Above the Manger...
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