Thankfully the hyperactive trio of tunes that open the album in a breathless volley of free-form words, jittery, brittle beats and trippy overdubbed vocals (which sound like the Bee Gees, Moody Blues and sometimes the Beach Boys hopped up on amphetamines), give way to a less aggressive, more melodic atmosphere. But even though the easygoing, mid-tempo "Visine" begs for radio play, head-scratching lyrics like "the ozone like a clit, dropping sunshine on my lips" throw a potential monkey wrench into the proceedings.
But somehow Olsson pulls it off. Just when you think he's flown off reality's edge, he startles you with beautiful, breathy, unpretentious ballads such as "Ready for a Fall," "People" or "Beautiful Woman" that float along on melodies so simple, luxurious and elegiac, you'll be immediately transfixed. The subtle loops seem natural, the words don't dive into the loopy lake and Olsson's wispy, delicate voice effortlessly connects with his songs. And pretty soon you'll be singing along with "love is my Thorazine, Lithium hell and hand cream" as if you, or he, have a clue as to what that means.
P.J. Olsson plays Smith's Olde Bar on Mon., July 17.
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…
Yes, 14 is the correct answer. I'll pass your info along to the group's manager,…
That was January of 2007, and they are 21 now, so I'm guessing 14?