Lovers Need Lawyers
Good Life is the kinder, gentler side of singer-songwriter Tim Kasher. Whereas
his punk band Cursive performs abrasive, angular rock, The Good Life drops the
anger in favor of melody, and we're all better for it.
Need Lawyers is a six-song musical soundtrack, a mini Hedwig collection
of tunes suited for performance in full costume by a cast of characters playing
out a story set in Kasher's reluctant home town of Omaha. Here, our shaggy, bearded
hero tells the tale of a rag-tag neer-do-well entertainer, a nomadic showman
caught in a maelstrom of touring, travel and personal relationships gone array.
He's down and out with an introspective song in his heart -- not bitter but accepting.
theatrics come by way of Kasher's descriptive, storybook narratives. You can just
see him strutting across a stage, explaining how -- try as he might -- he can't
seem to leave Omaha, or doing a soft-shoe while he sings "I'm not an artist
I'm an asshole without a job making money off alcohol." All that's missing
is a romantic duet (Maybe someone can talk one of the Azure Ray women into sharing
some verses on the title song). Kasher is downright chatty on "Always A Bridesmaid,"
bouncing above a jangly piano, giving us a slightly twisted "Themes from
an Italian Restaurant."
not as sonically interesting as the band's 2000 debut, Lovers Need Lawyers
is a remarkable rebound from the dark, booze-soaked angst of 2002's Black Out.
Kasher and company's tunes are a modern-day, Jolson-esque three-penny rock opera.
You can hear them all smiling right through the acoustic rambler that closes the
disc. Sure, it's only a prologue to the band's anxiously awaited full-length,
Album of the Year, slated for release later this year. But if this EP is
any indication, Broadway here they come.
Posted July 14,
2004. Copyright © 2004 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
remarkable rebound from the dark, booze-soaked angst of 2002's Black Out."