Spokane – Little Hours / 2007 JagJaguwar / 10 Tracks / http://www.jagjaguwar.com/
Spokane offers listeners a melodic and sad album with their newest release Little Hours. It starts out with â€œSingingâ€ which does a good job of giving the listener a taste of what they will hear throughout the entire album and has some neat nature noises which is a bonus to what is coming. â€œMinor Careersâ€ doesnâ€™t differ too much in tempo still giving you that feeling of despair that usually coincides with bad moments in life. If there is hope, it lies in the proles,â€ is the one song that could be played more then once by those by then end of this record who arenâ€™t feeling so down that they never want to listen to music again, (I listened a good twenty times top to bottom, your condolenceâ€™s are welcome.)
Be warned though before you pick this up, it can be very monotonous and seem like the same song is playing over and over again. Tracks four (â€œThankless Marriageâ€) and five (â€œBuildingâ€) seem like theyâ€™re there to fill space and bring nothing that we hadnâ€™t heard in the first three tracks. But things finally pick up againâ€¦kind of. â€œMiddle Schoolâ€ leads you into the second half of this ten track album and makes things a little bit better but donâ€™t expect any guitar solos or yelping as the morose vocals continue to pound your ear drums. â€œAddendumâ€ seems to come and go as if the songs purpose was never fully realized by the band and they threw it in for a lead into the next trackâ€”â€œThese Things.â€
As the whole of the album is concerned â€œThese Thingsâ€ would be the one song you played to get all the sadness in one fell swoop. â€œLeases and Promisesâ€ and â€œTell Meâ€ wrap up Little Hours making sure that if by now you arenâ€™t puffy eyed or sleeping you will be by the end. Did Spokane make the right move by putting the two worst tracks at the end of the album? No, but this is of course my opinion. Although I think that once you have listened from start to finish, you will agree that they would have been better off somewhere in the middle where we could have forgotten about it much like all the tracks on this album and trust me Iâ€™m still trying to get them it out of my head. Wrapping it up Spokaneâ€™s â€“ Little Hours is for those of us out there who are already miserable and should not be bought by anyone else.
Top Tracks: If there is hope, it lies in the proles