The One Am Radio - This Too Will Pass
- Artist: The One Am Radio
- Album: This Too Will Pass
- Label: Dangerbird
- Year of Release: 2007
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- Reviewed by: dscanland on 2007-04-05
For some reason a band keeps coming back at you. You know, you read about a certain band, think you might be interested, and don't follow up. A couple weeks/months later you are subjected to them again. Still, it doesn't stick. Then when you finally do fit in a listen and some attention you can't figure out why you didn't notice the first time around. That's what happened with The One AM Radio for me. It took Hrishikesh to send me a copy of his CD in order for me to spend some time with his music. I'm glad I did. While the music on This Too Will Pass is very dark, it is still pleasing to the ear. It seems that Hrishikesh Hirway knows what he is doing when it comes to making doom-pop.
The album opens up with some nice acoustic guitar on "The Harvest", shortly before you are introduced to Hirway's ever-so-gentle voice. Tracks like "The Echoing Airports" had some Elliott Smith nods in it. I found the production of this song, sorry the album was one of the most formidable points.
There are portions where he sounds a little along the lines of Belle and Sebastian but One AM Radio is much, much darker in overall tone. There is a bit of a breakdown in the middle of "Fires" that sounds like this.
Overall, This Too Will Pass is a success. I found that I had a hard time taking all 50 minutes of this at once. There wasn't quite enough diversity to warrant repeat listens immediately, but I did find that all of the songs were able to stand nicely all by themselves, warranting necessary playlist inclusion.
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