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By all rights, this should be a transitional album for the Ladybug Transistor. With the departure of central member Sasha Bell and the tragic death of drummer San Fadyl, no one would blame the Brooklyn outfit for laying low. The good news for fans of the band’s lush chamber-pop aesthetic is that Can’t Wait Another Day offers more of the same, with the emphasis on more: more strings, more horns, more clever, densely packed arrangements, more of Gary Olson’s mellifluous baritone. Also more pop-geek musical touchpoints: Burt Bacharach, Beach Boys, Zombies, Left Banke, a touch of Belle and Sebastian, a whiff of Beulah and Lambchop in each of those bands’ warmer, more AM-radio moments. The songs are never less than beautifully crafted, but the album’s greatest pleasures come from its quirky instrumentation, the unexpected delight of stumbling on that angular sax solo on “Always on the Telephone” or the snazzy mariachi horns on “Broken Links.” In general, the uptempo numbers work better than the ballads, and taken as a whole, the album suffers from a certain melodic sameness — the result of Bell’s absence, maybe, or just the omnipresence of Olson’s distinctive but somewhat undemonstrative vocals. But listened to one at a time, the songs unfold themselves more with each listen. The taut, hook-packed opener “Always on the Telephone” ranks with the very best of the band’s work, and the new-wavey surf-country vibe on “This Old Chase” transcends pastiche to become something weirdly and wonderfully new.

Customer Reviews


this is yet another amazing album by the ladybugs. gary & co will successfully break your heart with each listen.

I love this album.

Buy now or suffer a sad life of monotonous tunes...

Notably unplaceable

Any time my Ipod shuffles out a song that instantly snares my attention with breezy B&S charm (minus the cultural depth) but whose talent I just can't's usually safe to assume I'm hearing these guys. Yet curiously, as welcome as they are in small doses, the sum just doesn't do it for me like the parts. I just love them when they pop up in a mix! :}


Formed: 1994 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Led by vocalist/guitarist Gary Olson, a onetime string stretcher and key inspector at his family's piano factory, indie pop unit the Ladybug Transistor debuted in 1996 with the LP Marlborough Farms, titled after Olson's Brooklyn-area home recording studio. After a lineup change that left only Olson and drummer Edward Powers remaining from the Ladybug Transistor's original roster, Saturnine guitarist Jennifer Baron and her bassist brother Jeff were recruited prior to recording 1997's Beverly Atonale,...
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