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info opinion

Clown Down

"Living Alone" CD

The Sea Isle

Genres: indie rock, indie pop

The Sea Isle
43-34 Piedmont Court
Morristown, NJ 07960

Oct 27 - Nov 2 2003

Clown Down are an above average indie rock band with a good name [despite what others might think!] and some good ideas.  Melodies are like cakes to them, they bake 'em, ice 'em with delicious guitar hooks, and serve 'em off like nothing.  At times on their new album, Living Alone, their music drags and becomes a bit drab, but overall it's a very solid effort.

The best song has got to be "Nowhere Else," which has a classic melody and a rumbling, jerky feel that is almost cacophonic but undeniably infectious.  Also catchy is "Camera," a more subtle, semi-acoustic tune that brings you back down to earth, and "The City Below," a tune curiously familiar to I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One-era Yo La Tengo.  Other tunes, unfortunately, aren't nearly as successful - the experimental "Carpetbanging" is earnestly melodic at times, but often sounds hokey and unsuccessful.  Meanwhile, "Where the Temperature is Colder" is refreshing, but lacking in terms of melody.

All around, Clown Down's Living Alone is a very enjoyable album, but not a perfect one.  Still, when it comes down to value for the dollar, this is a worthwhile purchase for indie rockers and indie poppers alike.  Nice.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by Zerotec / the label, released 2003]