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Joe Lally - There To Here [Dischord records - 2006]

Joe lally’s Debut Album There to here, comes off like the work of a more geeky, nasally  and up type Lou Reed. with lots and lots of bass heavy songs, Not surprising really since Lally was the bass player in punk cult band Fugazi. It sure does have some rewarding moments along the way, though one does feel a little bass tired by the end of it all.

He seems to have mixed his bass way up  high, so  when other instruments appear it’s almost as if there recorded in another room, which does leave it with a rather one side feel, well two sided if you count Lally's vocals. Never the less I do find Lally’s vocal word play enjoyable, he also mangers to mixes up a nice laid back  feel  with edgy twitching structures , that dip there toes in bluesy edges, striped down bassy rock , punky nods and uptight pop sentiments. It almost feels like a more socially aware They Might Be Giants striped of all the finery, at times.

I enjoyed this more than I expected to and you may find your self doing so too. Maybe next time Lally could let his musically buddies have  a bit more playing time and  add some of thier elements  to the songs.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
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