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Album Review

With 14 songs whizzing by in 22 jam-packed minutes Take a Look Inside is just a lo-fi blur on the first few listens. But eventually the great songs stand out, and it becomes clear that this short-form approach to songwriting suits Lou Barlow well. So instead of the rip-off one would expect from a 22-minute full-length, Take a Look Inside stands as one the Folk Implosion's best releases. By limiting each song to three minutes, Barlow and bandmate John Davis reign in their stranger "freak-out" tendencies, exposing a cache of pop gems. So it's worth wading through the murk of "Spiderweb-Butterfly" to get to the serene "Had to Find Out," or the drone of "Boyfriend, Girlfriend" to reach the superb trio "Shake a Little Heaven," "Waltzin' With Your Ego," and the funky "Take a Look Inside."

Customer Reviews

top notch 90s garage-indie

This record was meant to be a lot of fun, and that's what it is. No studio tricks, no reverb, bone dry party music that the kids were dancing to in East Village party lofts in the mid 90s. When this came out, seemed like a fun diversion from Lou Barlow's past with Dinosaur Jr. & Sebadoh. Just some stuff he recorded with his friend in his apartment, according to the liner notes. feels like you're meeting up with friends after a tasty brunch, it's chilly outside and you're sitting on old torn couches inside. makes you want to pick up the guitars and do a little sing along

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Can't believe this has only one previous review. Discovered this band from their work on the movie "Kids". Half of it is barely ok. The other half is brilliant. Reason I give it a 5 is that most albums are half mediocre and half worse than that. BUT this album is half amazing (or at least it keeps beckoning to you) AND there's no other album like this. So, I'm not saying it's Sgt. Pepper, or Dark Side Of The Moon, or Thriller, or Straight Outta Compton, or whatever album you consider a 5 (however much of a musical snob or purist you may be - or what genre or band or person qualifies as "real music" to you). Is this Jeff Buckley? No. Is this something that makes you think, "Sh*t, I wanna wrote some songs and see if half of them come out awesome, and all I need is a guitar and a 4-track," then you need to get this and listen several times. The first track alone is worth it. It's like Elliot Smith meets The Modern Lovers.


Formed: 1993 in Boston, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Indie rock fans are probably inclined to think of the Folk Implosion as the most prominent of Lou Barlow's many side projects from the influential indie band Sebadoh. But the reason for that prominence -- a left-field mainstream pop hit -- means that that description doesn't really reflect the general public's perception of the band. With partner John Davis, Barlow -- the king of lo-fi basement recording, usually noted for his sensitive introspection -- crafted a sexy, sinuous, electronic-tinged...
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