THE BIG TAKEOVER
cd reviews - June 2, 2010
The Big Takeover (Issue No.66*)
past (albeit, occasionally spectacular) Lost Patrol albums relied heavily
on surf-twangy atmospherics, with Dark Matter, the focal point clearly
is on the sultry vocals of Mollie Israel. The band was clever to push
her to the fore: on the dark, noir-ish ode “Justine,” she
sings in a suitably plaintive register, while the sprightly (almost holiday-festive),
“Before I Go” features joyful, almost celebratory vocals.
Israel has awesome range, and the whole affair feels nicely polished.
The Lost Patrol has deftly morphed styles, tailoring to her singing and
writing, and the overall feeling is sedate, but still thrilling. Steven
Masucci and Michael Williams keep the reverb-quotient high, and guitars
twang in all the appropriate places. E.g., the standout “Play Me
For A Fool”: mournful keys play against Israel’s soaring voice,
which raises the roof then settles down to a narcotic hush. Really beautiful
* In addition to this 'Dark Matter' review, The Lost Patrol
is also featured in a Michael Pearlstein "Short-Take"
interview from Issue #66.This is the magazine's 30th Anniversary Issue,
and It's available on newsstands now or through subscription.
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