Waxwings, the / Let's Make Our Descent
Album: Let's Make Our Descent   Collection:General
Artist:Waxwings, the   Added:Sep 2004
Label:Rainbow Quartz  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-05-15 Pull Date: 2005-07-17
Week Ending: Jun 5 May 29 May 22
Airplays: 2 3 3

Recent Airplay
1. May 17, 2007: Fiction Romance
Of Late
4. May 29, 2005: The Ox and the Hammer Show
Of Late
2. May 05, 2007: Biff Bang Pow
All the Fuss
5. May 24, 2005: The Panoply
Of Late
3. Jun 03, 2005: Distraction-Limited
All the Fuss
6. May 23, 2005: The Ox and the Hammer Show
All the Fuss

Album Review
Reviewed 2005-05-02
Retro guitar rock -- happy and high energy. Male harmony vocals. Musical allusions include Big Star, Beau Brummels, Buckinghams, Beatles... discover more as an exercise, but they must start with “B.” (CD features retro lyrics, too, like “I was taken with you, girl. Why can’t you do what’s expected of you?”) Nice vocal harmonies, safe but very musical arrangements -- subtle but intense -- that sound better with each listen. Very tight playing. Great songs (the sine qua non, right?). Third LP from this Detroit, Michigan band. Every song a hit. A very fine album. Start with 1, 3, 6. No FCC’s.

==> 1. Romantic, slightly desperate rocker with a happy melody. Nice ’60s harmonies. “Are you devoted?” Prominent keyboards throughout. Starts with solo guitar. Slows and fades.
2. The B-side to track one (says me). “The poison morning sending you home....” Nice Beatlesesque harmonies. Starts with solo guitar. Fades.
==> 3. Beau-Brummels worship done very well. Sweet pop spiced with lyrical and musical tension. Starts with noisy solo guitar. Ends suddenly on an “oh yeah!”
4. Swaying blues pop with Beau-Brummels harmonies. Starts with drums. Fades.
5. Insistent blues rocker with harmonies. Hard verse, soft chorus. “I know that you are gonna answer to me!” Starts quietly with chicken-scratch guitar. Ends with falsetto vocals and fade.
==> 6. Big-Star worship... gives Teenage Fanclub a run for their money. Sparse. Acoustic guitar & bongos. Starts with solo acoustic guitar. Fades.
7. Buckinghams worship. Vocals panned hard right. Quiet/loud. Bridge is 100% pure Mersey. Starts with full band, but quiet... soon gets loud. Fades.
8. Big-Star worship again. A slow, quiet ballad that eventually rocks out a bit, with double slide-guitar interplay. Starts with guitar and synth... then just guitar... then piano comes in. Fades.
9. Reminiscent of Supergrass (huh? a band whose name doesn’t start with B?). Features great horns. Starts with 4 seconds of near silence via a very quiet guitar note... then loud solo guitar. Fades.
10. Blues rocker. “It leaves you hollow as a gun.” Quiet/loud. Pretty, CSNY-like harmony bridge. Starts with twin guitars. Gets loud and intense at end, then fades.

Track Listing
1. Steady As Starlight   6. Of Late
2. Leave Less Waiting   7. Never So Clear
3. All the Fuss   8. Expected of You
4. On for Tomorrow   9. Sky's a Mirror
5. Answer to Me   10. Every Light You See