The Role of Smith
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||Keith Song||Tabula Rasa||2:40||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Just Guns And...||Tabula Rasa||3:57||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Are We In Our Nation's Capitol?||Tabula Rasa||2:58||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||There Is a Fine Line Between Genuis and Insanity||Tabula Rasa||2:52||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Nashville||Tabula Rasa||2:22||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Jumping the Shark||Tabula Rasa||3:04||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||The Eating Contest||Tabula Rasa||5:59||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||More Words Than Not||Tabula Rasa||3:19||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||How Old Are You...?||Tabula Rasa||4:07||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||If You Kill Me, I'll Never Know||Tabula Rasa||3:36||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
Tabula Rasa was thrown into the emo ghetto by careless critics — and to be fair, that wasn't a completely unreasonable reaction; the band gained national attention for its contribution to the Emo Diaries, Vol. 7 album on the Deep Elm label. But its debut full-length, The Role of Smith, finds Tabula Rasa working in more of a post-punk/math rock vein, with more than a nod toward standard indie guitar rock. Song titles like "More Words Than Not" and "Are We in Our Nations Capitol?" might lead you to expect a certain level of preciousness and pretension, but these four guys are too busy rocking out for stuff like that. Sure, "Are We in Our Nations Capitol?" teeters on a crazy-legs 7/4 rhythm, the instrumental "The Eating Contest" is about three minutes too long at six, and "If You Kill Me, I'll Never Know" alternates layers of off-kilter guitar licks with more spiky rhythmic experimentation. But everything is delivered in such an unabashed spirit of enthusiasm and abandon that it never sounds affected or self-conscious. A real melody or two might have been nice, but who's counting? Recommended.
Years Active: '70s