CD Let It All Fall Down * (CD 981231),
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Let It All Fall Down *

  • 1. Last Song (First)
    2. Lost Enterprise
    3. Scared, Not Scared
    4. Keep Us in Stitches
    5. Let It All Fall Down
    6. Dead Roads
    7. It's Your Funeral
    8. That Town
    9. Mantis, The
    10. They Hardly Know
    11. Compositionist, The
    12. Hidden Track
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 66

  • Credits

    Fiver: Ryan Cosica, Amy Metcalf, Nick Ruiz, Laurie Singleton, Dave Woody.
    Additional personnel: Ariana Murrray (vocals); Nikkie Moninger (bass guitar).
    David Woody is back with Fiver's fourth full-length. The sound isn't that different on Let It All Fall Down -- in fact, something like "Scared Not Scared" reminds directly of 2002's Here It Comes. But what's wrong with a niche if you find a good one? Here, long strings of fuzzy guitar loop over and around Woody's boyish lilt, aided by the pretty harmonies of bassist Amy Metcalf and keyboardist Lauren Singleton. The heydays of dream- and Brit-pop keep crystallizing on Fall Down's blissful foggy edges, in the crashing guitar break of "They Hardly Know" and "Lost Enterprise"'s swirling guitar foment. Besides having a powerfully evocative title, "Dead Roads" feels like the Apples in Stereo dipped in Bedhead's brand of slowcore contemplation. The drums and cymbals are mixed a bit louder for "It's Your Funeral"'s intro; this is nice, as too much spacey pop can make anyone airsick. The song eventually shifts into its own brittle verse, but does eventually return to a steady snare beat. This is a solid dynamic for Fiver. Though their hazy detachment can be somewhat hallucinogenic-centric, the band always keeps instrumentation and songwriting closer than simply crafting a druggy vibe. They've probably heard this before, but "That Town" is a wonderful attempt to re-birth Radiohead in the dusky sun of California. With lots of appeal for fans of Grandaddy, the Beta Band, and the Parasol label, Woody and Fiver should probably be receiving more exposure than they are. ~ Johnny Loftus

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