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Album Review

The general air of gently energetic "'70s power pop and '80s indie rock in the 2010s" that Sleeping in the Aviary specialize in continues without a break on You and Me, Ghost, perhaps with a little less overt wackiness in the song titles but otherwise keeping to its own breezily fun course. If anything, the XTC influences that have lurked a bit in their work come a bit more to the fore here, whether it's the quick herky-jerk of a song like "Love Police" or the harmonies on "Talking Out of Turn." But there's an even earlier jauntiness that comes to the fore — it isn't the swing revival or any similar monstrosity but an uptempo feeling that sometimes plays against what's going on with the lyrics (thus talking about puking "On the Way Home") and at other points matches it. As before, there are a couple of jarring notes — whatever the exact sentiments of the '20s vaudeville-tinged number, "Are You Afraid of Being Poor?" seems like a loaded title in 2011 when it wasn't a choice for an increasing number of people, for example — but the equally then-and-now feeling of "Karen, You're an Angel," a slightly barbed celebration of a long-lived couple's life, puts things on a more even keel. There's also something fun to hearing loud guitars that sound more appropriate on breezy power pop efforts instead of full-on metal — it's not that it's rare, it's just always a treat to hear when done well.

Customer Reviews

What a great find

I stumbled across this under New Releases on another website and picked it up on iTunes after listening to a few tracks. I am so excited to have a new great band to listen to! It's one of those things where genre placement could make or break their new listener audience growth. I certainly don't think this belongs in Pop. it should be under Alternative for sure. With a quirky name and Pop genre placement I'd guess other 'searchers' might not give them a second look. Luckily, the album art and seeing their last release title (Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel) piqued my interest enough to dig further.

Ok, that out of the way... Great vocals and song writing, and somewhat of a unique sound. Lyrics are a bit humerously twisted and the singers vocals are so good that I found myself really paying attention to the song stories instead of just bopping along. It's one of those albums that you'll learn the lyrics of every song and sing with them in the car. It reminds me of Violent Femmes in that regard, and even somewhat musically. If you took a dash of VF's, a dose of Modest Mouse, a spoonful of Bright Eyes and a glop of Elliot Smith, turned it up a notch and then threw it in a garage to grow for a month you'd start to get an idea of what awaits you with Sleeping in the Aviary (on this album, anyway. I"m going to start on the back catalog next for sure.)

I'm not going to go song by song because i really do think each one is a great tune but i do want to call out Karen, You're an Angel. love it!

And I'd recommend checking out that streaming video site for a Ukelele version of Maria's Ghost video. Its a 'love song of sorts' about a girl who forgets the 'safe word'. :-)

4th album by far the most versatile....and in my opinion the best!

What a fantastic album, i have seen them live, and boy oh boy what a fantastic band. they just seem to get better and better. Best song though in my opinion is Karen, Your An Angel... Leaves me with a smile on my face every time i listen to it....


Love this band!!

I've been a fan from the beginning and I've never looked back since. They rock everything they put out!


Formed: 2003 in Madison, WI

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Self-consciously quirky indie rock trio Sleeping in the Aviary played its first gigs in their hometown of Madison, WI, in the spring of 2004. A high-energy group with new wave leanings strongly reminiscent of early XTC and Talking Heads before they discovered Brian Eno and the Nonesuch Explorer series, Sleeping in the Aviary also features a line in occasionally precious, studiedly "wacky" lyrics in keeping with the nonsensical band name. Based around the core duo of singer and guitarist Elliott Kozel...
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