31 Knots CD reviewed by Luc Rodgers
Jan 16, 2009, 05:22
31 KNOTS Worried Well CD
Portland, Oregon's 31 Knots have been around for a while (formed in 1998) but have failed to produce even the slightest ripple in the turning-of-heads. At first dumbfounded at this, this reviewer pondered why as the sounds of “Certificate,” the second song on the band's latest, Worried Well, jumped and bounced through the room. Math-y, intricate, and harking back to when Bloc Party had promise, the following number, “The Breaks,” what with the organ/scratchy-vocal-breakdown instantly making memories, seemed, well, just cool.
Not cool like discovering something new. Cool like, “Alright, I'll bum you another cigarette.”
As expansive and promising as it seems, they seem to be stuck in moving forwardâ€¦from 1998. Sure there are cool enough sounds and piano is always a good touch but, sigh, it is simply a matter of wrong place, wrong time. The album lumbers on to the point where one finds their fist tight, ready to destroy their own equipment so as to hear something in the here and now.
All the ears are tired. Everywhere. In this day and age of instant everything, listeners amass around something fresh and something stable. Music should reflect the times but at the same time remove one from said environment. Worried Well is stationary, un-spirited, and flat. Too, too much so for no result at all. Not enough for a real result. The downtrodden finding that his old crush has fallen to his level of what was once promise, thereby finally able to hold their hand. Ugh, depressing all around. Stuck in the mud with fellow sticks all around.
Worried Well is a plea of acceptance in a world that has moved on except for the unfortunate chaps stuck in the band and in the late 90s/early 00s. [Polyvinyl]