I’ve been trying to decide if I should review this album for months. I love it but I wasn’t sure how it would mesh with some of the other stuff on Nine Bullets. Then I saw them live and decided I didn’t give a damn if Smart Flesh was too artsy, experimental, or abstract. The Low Anthem has more talent than any band I’ve ever seen.
The melodies on Smart Flesh and Ben’s vocal delivery are so infectious and unique I have no idea who to compare it too. Then there are the sounds. At times the music slides into the soundscape area but for the most part The Low Anthem use guitar, bass, drums, organs, clarinets, trumpets, saws, and several instruments I’d have look up on wikipedia to find out what they were, to create some really kick ass music.
Am I gushing enough? Smart Flesh is Essential Listening. Check out the tracks below, play them again. The music The Low Anthem makes is intelligent and heartfelt and it’s the kind of music people shut up in a bar for. And I’m all for getting sloppy and rocking my fist and hollering along to the band but sometimes it’s good to just listen and have your mind blown and be totally freaking out but not moving. Listen to Smart Flesh in the car, listen to it with headphones.
Enjoy this Essential Listening.