Once again, Steve Burns proves he can do no wrong. His debut, "Songs for Dustmites" was amazing, and as close to perfect as possible for a debut. Seeing as his first album set such a high bar, I thought his second album would be pretty disappointing. But I was horribly wrong.
I'm not completely sure this has even been released yet. A fan website has the tracks up for listening (and if you have Quicktime 7 Pro you can download them), and there are multiple file-sharing websites that have them up, but I've found no indication that this has been officially released. I will certainly be buying it as soon as it's released, but for now we're all gonna have to depend on this: www.steveburnsrocks.us/. This has most of the songs that have surfaced (I can find 9 altogether on various sites including this one).
But anyway, this is different from "Songs For Dustmites", drastically in some ways, and slightly in others. Steve has an official band now (The Struggle, with Steven Drozd (!) of The Flaming Lips (!!!) on the drums, plus others), and the way they play is a bit different from the Steve Burns-Steven Drozd-Michael Ivins lineup of the debut. The production is also different, there's a LOT of bass in it. Seems like they use a fuzz bass for every song that has a bass. The drums are also way up too, and the vocals are usually reverbed or distorted, which surprisingly makes an awesome effect. The song style is also different as on "Songs For Dustmites". "Songs For Dustmites" was roughly 30% acoustic-ish, and 70% psychedelic/alternative/space rock. On this album there's only one song that stays acoustic throughout the whole song (Lords of Cobble Hill), and the other two that are acoustic to start (A Slightly Bigger Space and A Very Troubled Day) continue into rockers.
And then there's the actual rockers: Projecting, The Unbeliever, Strange, The Newton Creek Song, Tiger Tiger (The Angie Song), and Leviticus (my favorite off of the album). Strange is a cover of the Galaxie 500 song (he introduces it live with "This is a song I wish I wrote"), and turns it into a psychedelic space rock song rather than an indie garage band song. He'd been doing The Unbeliever since at least 2004, and it's a classic, one that really stands out. The same goes for Projecting. The Newton Creek Song is an awesome one that recalls "Songs For Dustmites". Tiger Tiger (The Angie Song) is my second favorite, an extremely melodic song that serves as this album's "Maintain" (A track from "Songs For Dustmites"). Last, but certainly not least, is Leviticus. It's an attack of drums, fuzz bass, swirling synthesizer, and a heavily distorted vocal, but it's the most overlooked track on the album. In my opinion the best on the album.
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