No Fool Like An Old Fool is the sophomore LP from Austin via Alabama musician, Caroline Sallee aka Caroline Says. Moving beyond the surf-folk foundations of her debut, here Sallee loosens her earthly tether, allowing her songs to float to ever higher altitudes on clouds of loops, immaculate melodies, and hypnotic harmonies, as she sings about aging, the daily grind, and hometown stymie. Moving to Austin in 2013 gave her a new perspective on her hometown of Huntsville, AL, which informed the overall vibe of the album.
The first few notes of the Daniel Rossen-esque opener "First Song" dutifully establish the surreal and slightly tragic tone of longing maintained throughout the album. The curiously upturning melodies ride out on a rich ambient texture before "Sweet Home Alabama" cuts the fog with a crackling 60's soul loop that's charming and catchy enough to induce a cathartic laugh from the listener. The brightness fades with the frosty and propulsive "A Good Thief Steals Clean," which features lyrics inspired by the 1971 film Panic in Needle Park, and the idea of being in love with a heroin addict.
She employs this dynamic again on "Rip Off," a frenetically percussive song with lyrics inspired by an NPR story about a young Iraqi man who was killed in an ISIS bombing just before moving to NYC to become a professional dancer. Inspired by Terrence Malick's Badlands and Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska, the song "Black Hole" features multi-voice harmonies sung from the perspective of 50's spree killer Charles Starkweather.