Review: Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive To Death – Helpless

Originally published in Punk Planet May/June 2006

Spencer Moody (Murder City Devils) and Corey Brewer (Bright Shiny Objects) toss out the verse-chorus-verse formulas and craft a lo-fi disc of mumbled musical moments in the image of early Bill Callahan and, to a lesser degree, Pavement. Refrains wobble along, somber pianos give way to sluggish samples and hooks occasionally surface among a sea of four-track half-ballads and meandering noise-dirges. In the midst of it all, the duo offers an inebriated and melancholy take on Neil Young’s “Helpless.” Yeah, you heard that right.

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