Thursday, June 09, 2011

CD Review: Home

Title:  Home (Amazon, iTunes)
Artist:  OK SWEETHEART (Official, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Tumblr, YouTube)

OK SWEETHEART’s debut Home is a sweet mix of sultry indie pop with smooth jazz-like vocals and sparse but not minimal instrumentations.  The result is an excellent album that is sure to be a favorite of indie pop fans. 

The album opens with the heart wrenching “You Let Me Down” which does an excellent job setting the emotional tone for the record.  Not that Home is a sad record but it is a deep and personal record that touches on strong human emotions and reactions.  The title track is an extremely catchy song that deals with trying to find a home when family and friends are across the country.  These two tracks pretty much set this album up beautifully.  Other stand out moments include “Can’t Stop This,” a song about the realizations of aging and “All We Have,” a song that asks the question is this life really that bad. 

The best way that I can think to describe this record and OK SWEETHEART in general is “imagine if She & Him was actually really, really good.”  Erin Austin’s voice is amazing in that breathy way but not irritating (unlike the vocals in She & Him). 

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