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Artist: Say Hi to Your Mom
Date Released: June 7, 2005
- The Twenty-Second Century
- The Death of Girl Number Two
- The Forest Scares the Hell Out of Me
- Yeah, I'm in Love with an Android
- I Think I'll Be a Good Ghost
- Dimensions and Verticals
- Recurring Motifs in Historical Flirtings
- Mosquitos in the Stucco
- Poor Pete is a Bit Self Conscious
- As Smart as Geek is Chic Right Now
Sometimes I can't think it's a coincidence stuff like this is called "bedroom indie-pop." Last year's Numbers & Mumbles was a fine display of one-man band Eric Elbogen's whisper-quiet singing and songwriting, but this album doesn't appear to have the higher highs that its predecessor found so effortlessly in cuts like Your Brains Vs. My Tractorbeam. As such, it is not nearly as engaging: Instead of humming along to a brilliant melody, you find yourself wishing you were elsewhere, like... Your bedroom, where some fresh sheets and a properly-fluffed pillow will have you going out quickly, sure to miss the majority of the album. It starts off promisingly enough with The Twenty-Second Century, but the songs never have the immediacy of previous outings. Highlights such as Recurring Motifs in Historical Flirtings get lost among the plodding Yeah, I'm in Love with an Android which is made all the more confusing by the unnecessarily long song titles.
All in all, an unsatisfying effort that is, to be fair, always a problem with bedroom indie-pop. The only thing you can ever count on is that, with later listens, you're sure to be using it as a cure for insomnia. Sorry, Eric. - Patrick Masterson