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2004-05-02My review: The Keys - From Tense to Loose to Slack (single)

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Track listing:

1. From Tense To Loose To Slack
2. I Believe My Eyes Are Over Exposed
3. There's A Place
4. About Time

First up, we have a re-recorded From Tense To Loose To Slack. Where the album version was stirring and immediate, this adds a slow introduction and a layer of faintly squealing backing guitars. It's a great song which wouldn't be out of place in From Dusk 'Til Dawn, but I much prefer the earlier version. Considering that this is by far the best track on offer from this Too Pure disc, I'd recommend you proceed directly to the album.

Still here? Unfortunately, I Believe My Eyes Are Over Exposed never becomes much more interesting than its title. Very stripped-down instrumentally, it suffers from muffled vocals and guitars which are on the side of detuned. You think that There's A Place is going to improve the vocal situation, only to discover the level disparity between the two voice parts is considerable. On the bright side, Matth's repeated croon of "we're onto a good thing" is more endearing than About Time, itself a cypher of a folk song.

I can't in all conscience recommend this as a first listening experience if you've not already heard The Keys. Even if you have, they've turned out much more interesting and better-produced material than this. One for the completists.

If anyone has transcribed the lyrics to the b-sides, send 'em to me and I'll put them up.


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