I know not why, but I was really looking forward to this album from the Bloomington, Indiana trio. From the description on the Press sheet, I thought it would be right up my street.
And on listening to the opening track, ‘Slime,’ I had no reason to question my anticipation; a rather simple, catchy little tune, delivered in a kind of ‘disinterested’ and mono-toned manner, with a steady softly stomping beat, it’s both captivating and fresh.
But as the tracks progress, I realise that this is Sleeping Bag’s modus operandi and boy, do they stick to it!
It would be churlish to condemn the whole album on the basis of its uniformity, but although there are some lively and lovely little guitar pieces throughout and individually each track is a nice listen, in truth as a whole, it lacks both the urgency and variety that would have me excitedly looking forward the next song for its thirty-minute duration.
The Press sheet does say: ‘the songs are simple, and simplicity is their asset. The songs really sink in around the third or fourth spin ….’
Trouble is, the songs sunk in after the third or fourth track…..!
I’d like to say I like this one, and I thought long and hard before saying this – but it’s just a bit on the boring side. Sorry!
(Released through Joyful Noise Recordings on 9th August 2011)
(6.5 / 10)