"Exile in Babyville" CD
Genres: indie rock
PO Box 40322
Oct 13 - 19 2003
rock, classic punk, and poetry are thrown together and blended up on Exile
in Babyville, the first album from Continuous Peasant, a
new act led by Silver Jews member Chris Stroffolino.
It is a strong album lyrically, and a very unique one as far as the
songwriting is concerned. Often Stroffolino sounds like Lou
Reed with his odd, semi-spoken vocals.
Be forewarned, however - this album is an acquired taste. The
pseudo-ballads that the band specialize in are often unusual and
"tough to enjoy," jammed with melodies that don't always
sound as infectious and enjoyable as they should (opener "How Do
You Know It's Raining?" and "You Should Go Down" are
However, other moments are much better. "Finger Pointing
Song" is thoroughly enjoyable and "Maybe You're Right"
is a downbeat, catchy pop tune.
Overall, this is a different album that is okay, but may see
limited appeal due to it being an acquired taste.
[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]