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Falling Off the Lavender Bridge

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Number One
Galaxy of the Lost
Tell Me What It's Worth
All to Shit
Midnight Surprise: My Time Spent Down the Lavender Bridge/Oh God, Reall
Devil Tricks for a Bitch
I Could Have Done This Myself
Salty Water
Dry Lips
Everyone I Know Is Listening to Crunk
Let the Bitches Die
No Surprise (For Wendela)/Midnight Surprise
Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 42:59

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Adrienne Day


Lightspeed Champion, Falling Off the Lavender Bridge
Label: Domino Recording Co

When the UK dance-punk trio Test Icicles broke up on the heels of their 2005 debut, guitarist Devonte Hynes traded his battle ax for a steel-petal guitar and ditched Bacchus in favor of sober realism as his muse. Or so it seems, given the sound of his solo debut, Falling Off the Lavender Bridge. It's an indie-pop record that tarries with alt-country, folk, chamber pop, even musical theater, moving with the rhythms of a lazy,… read more »

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Midnight Surprise is excellent


If you listened to XMU in 2007, then it's likely you heard "Midnight Surprise" quite a few times. It's great in its full ten-minutes glory. Overall, if you love Bright Eyes, then you'll love this album. Solid folk-rock.

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For Fans of Bright Eyes


Features quite a few Bright Eyes members and you can tell.

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Leaving the noisy terrain of the Test Icicles behind for the more relaxed territory of the singer/songwriter didn’t exactly mellow Dev Hynes. For sure, the sound of his new project, Lightspeed Champion, is softer, with violins, pedal steel, and tender female vocal harmonies (sung by London folk singer Emmy the Great) among other traditional singer/songwriter favorites providing the cottony backing. Recording in Omaha with Mike Mogis (who’s run the boards for loads of indie rockers, most notably Bright Eyes) and using a conglomeration of musicians from Tilly and the Wall, the Good Life, and the Faint, it would be hard to come up with a sound that didn’t conjure up Bright Eyes and their ilk. It’s a rich and cinematic sound with plenty of lovely playing and deft arrangements, made more listenable by Hynes’ pleasant melodies. So the sound is softer and the melodies are nice, but Hynes lyrics speak of turmoil and struggle. Indeed, Hynes is not a happy camper. Licking open wounds, being sick in other people’s mouths, scratching out eyes, stapling down eyes, being bathed in cold sweat, and shaking with tension are just some of the happy topics Hynes touches on. He generally sounds miserable and depressed as hell; sometimes angry (“Devil Tricks for a Bitch”), sometimes snarky and mean (“Let the Bitches Die”), sometimes just plain morose (“All to Shit”). The disconnect between the gentle and welcoming music and the tense, off-putting lyrics can be a bit much and Hynes is only too aware of this, seeming to take perverse pleasure in going as far as he can lyrically. This underlying sense of humor is one of the saving graces of the record; another is the number of really good songs that don’t worry about being “difficult” and reach for real emotions. The melancholy tale of missed love connections “Everyone I Know Is Listening to Crunk” is one of these; “No Surprise” is another. Overall though, Falling Off the Lavender Bridge is a bit of a slog to get through. Maybe amping up the music to match the tone of the lyrics might have given the record the kick it needed; perhaps cutting back on the lyrical excess would have been the fix. Whatever the case may be, what’s left is a record with some promise but too many flaws to be truly enjoyable. – Tim Sendra

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