For The Derby
"The Emotional Rescue LP" CD/LP
Genres: indie rock, indie pop
PO Box 577286
Chicago, IL. 60657
May 11 -18 2002
Emotional Rescue LP" is Windsor For The Derby's fourth album
since it was started, and it also marks the band's first release on
Aesthetics. The band has added a few members to its roster, and as
such this album is slightly different from its predecessors.
"The Emotional Rescue LP" is very moody and emotional,
and although the band does occasionally bring in some happy elements,
the album comes off as being slightly depressing and moving. Although
the album is actually broken into nine songs that are separated with
silent pauses, the whole LP manages to go by like one big movement,
as opposed to merely a collection of tracks.
My favourite piece was definitely "Fall of '68," an
amazingly beautiful pop song that features the best chorus I've heard
in a while. When the restrained saxophone playing eases into the
piece, you can literally feel the strings tugging at your heart, and
the singer's slightly agitated voice only enhances the emotional
Meanwhile, "Awkwardness" is another excellent song.
Taking cues from the music of labelmates Hood, the track whisks by in
a gust of dreamy guitars, padded drums, emotional vocals, and
throbbing bass. When it finally fades away at the end, you'll feel
slightly detached from the world, only to be brought back to Earth by
the suitably-titled "Another Rescue," which seems almost
like a confrontation - it's a very close, warm song, and this
distinction juxtaposes with the other tracks, which tend to be less
personal and more epic.
As I previously mentioned, "The Emotional Rescue EP"
comes together like one big movement. Despite the diversity and
individual distinctions of the songs, the album finds itself as one
big whole. By the end of this whole, you'll be completely drained -
yet fully satisfied.