THE GOOD LIFE “Help Wanted Nights”

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Sad­dle Creek ★★★★ This is my first Good Life ex­pe­ri­ence, hav­ing missed the three pre­vi­ous ex­pres­sions of in­tent. On this ev­i­dence there’s some catch­ing-up to do. This four-piece from Omaha could not be de­scribed as sharp or well-drilled. The mood of the mu­sic is loose-fit­ting, and their play­ing threat­ens to fall apart at any stage. But it doesn’t, and grad­u­ally we are drawn into the emo­tion­ally raw sto­ries of the Sun­downer, the fic­tional bar in which the album is set. There is an east-coast quirk­i­ness and a mid­west in­ten­sity a la Wilco at times. In­deed, the best track, You Don’t Feel Like Home to Me, has a real sense of Wilco’s frac­tured melody and mind­set, though it must be said that The Good Life could never be ac­cused of grand melody lar­ceny - they’re much too set in their odd ways for that. www.the­goodlife­mu­sic.com

JOE BREEN Down­load tracks: On the Picket Fence, You Don’t Feel Like Home to Me, So Let Go

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