The Good Life Black Out on 180g LP + Download
With The Good Life's 2002 album, Black Out, Tim Kasher set out to capture something entirely different from his earlier efforts with Cursive as well as the debut release from The Good Life, Novena on a Nocturn (2000). With upbeat, keyboard driven pop songs intermixed between sparse, vocal driven stories of drunken disappointment, Black Out is a conceptually and musically rich album by five musicians that had blossomed from a solo effort into a full-time band.
After the success of Novena on a Nocturn, Kasher along with keyboardist Jiha Lee, drummer Roger Lewis, guitarist Landon Hedges and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Fox endeavored to create and arrange something larger in scope and density. The result was the moody, ever changing sound of Black Out, which has succeeded in capturing and showcasing the many facets of Kasher's songwriting ability.
Starting with a bare vocal melody and a tremulous guitar, "Black Out" traces tales of drunken phone calls, perfidious lovers, fickle relationships, and escapism through moody terrain, adding and subtracting an array of lush organic and electronic instrumentation. The standard guitar, bass and drums collide with drum machines, synthesizers, saxophone, cello, accordion and vibraphone along with a host of other instruments to create a definitive Good Life sound.
Black Out seamlessly flows from one track to the next, periodically glimpsing at the past as well as foreshadowing of things to come, while all along merely trying to recount the events of the previous night. Each track contributes to the scope and coherence of the record as a whole, progressing the listener further along toward the final "Black Out."
The Good Life Black Out Track Listing:
1. Black Out
2. The Beaten Path
3. Some Bullshit Escape
4. O'Rourke's, 1:20 a.m.
5. Early Out the Gate
6. The New Denial
7. Black Out
8. I Am an Island
9. Drinking with the Girls
10. After O'Rourke's, 2:10 a.m.
11. Empty Bed
12. Don't Make Love So Hard
13. Off the Beaten Path
14. Black Out