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Continuous Peasant

"Exile in Babyville" CD

Good Forks

Genres: indie rock

PO Box 40322
Albuquerque NM

Oct 13 - 19 2003

Indie 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 examples).  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.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]