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CD REVIEW: The Whole Bolivian Army - Amnesty
By Ben Ohmart - 05/21/2007 - 10:34 AM EDT

Artist: The Whole Bolivian Army
Genre: Alternative
CD Review:
I've reviewed this band before. Everyone must have. I mean, this is their fourth album! 4th!! Okay, I don't know how long they've been around, but it's good to see an indie band being prolific for a change instead of (what I see most) spending five years pitching 1 album around. But how IS album 4?

Let's begin with the beginning. 'Too' springs to life with a woman's words of 'too unkempt for myself, for my way / to the broken glass in my room, in my way / you won't find me / you won't find me / you won't find me anywhere'. I like the cleverness in the simplicity, how 1 phrase can be taken to mean several things.

'Split Rail' is nifty. They make electric guitars sound acoustic, and Mary Beth Kite who keeps her high voice on all the songs, shares this one with you like it's an old family secret. 'summer's long gone, suddenly / I can't feel the road i'm on, suddenly / I take my foot off the brake, suddenly / I know I can stay awake, suddenly'. Why isn't this one called 'Suddenly'? Okay, I'll shut up.

12 songs, 40something minutes, alternative fun that's never too heavy, loud or smart-ass. If everyone could follow their example... sigh...............

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