Thursday, April 9, 2009

CD Review: Quiet Company, Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon

If you've been on thesixtyone for any length of time, you've probably heard of Quiet Company. They're an indie band based in Austin, Texas, and they're fantastic. Their sophomore effort, Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon, came out on March 10. And yes, all their songs are as optimistic as the title.

But Quiet Company combines a cheery attitude with witty, well-delivered lyrics and cascading piano melodies. They'll please most pop and rock listeners, but have a unique sound that shines through the catchy music.

"You better love the life you live," sings vocalist Taylor Muse, and he means it. The album takes on a variety of topics with pure bliss. It has songs celebrating friends who are expecting babies ("Congratulations Seth & Kara"), and amusing takes on fears of the afterlife ("My New Year’s Resolution is To Cope With My Mortality").

And yes, Quiet Company does like long titles. But while the names of the tracks might be hard to read on your MP3 player's tiny screen, the songs are certainly easy on the ears.

The album kicks off with an expedition in search of love in "A Nation of Two," then winds its way through the playful, tongue-in-cheek "It's Better To Spend Money Like There’s No Tomorrow Than Spend Tonight Like There’s No Money" (another long title) and the amorous "Our Sun is Always Rising." The tracks are stylistically very similar, and blend into each other well.

The band gets a bit more serious in the slower "The Beginning of Everything at the End of the World," but still keeps up its realistic optimism. The song leads into the mellow "Red & Gold."

They get back on track with a series of sunny songs, including "Well, the Truth Is…," perhaps the best song on the album, and "On Husbands & Wives," a sweet exploration of a relationship.

"How To Fake Like You Are Nice & Caring," another great track, buzzes with synth melodies and strong vocal harmonies, then fades into the quiet, windswept instrumental "When I Am Empty, Dispose of Me Properly."

At 15 tracks, the album is a bit longer than most, and when it finally winds out, it will leave listeners wishing for more. But there's certainly plenty to hear, and the album gets better on a second listen.

Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon is available for streaming and purchase on the band’s web site, http://www.quietcompanymusic.com/.

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