The Low Anthem: “Boeing 737″
Rhode Island-based folk-rock band, The Low Anthem, released their sophomore album, Smart Flesh, last month. This recording, a follow-up to their 2008 buzz-generating, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, was produced in a long-abandoned pasta sauce factory in Central Falls, Rhode Island, and as David Carr from the New York Times notes, the recording studio becomes an instrument all its own.
The listening experience is something akin to eavesdropping on someone revealing a well kept secret. Almost delicate, the most beautiful nuances of the album become easy to miss if not in the proper listening setting – certainly not background music; it’s not for your monthly book club gathering or an afternoon at the car wash.
“Boeing 737,” is a bit of a break from the deep tones of the new release. It’s the best example of straight-ahead rock’n roll that Smart Flesh has to offer. With the drums leading and the brass to accompany, you will find yourself tapping along at your desk – pen, foot, whatever – in a most joyous way.