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Short Hand / Good Enough
Album:Good Enough Collection:General
Artist:Short Hand Added:10/2006
Label:Collectible Escalators 

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Add Date:2007-01-21 Pull Date:2007-03-25 
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Album Review
Reviewed 2007-01-22 
Short Hand- Good Enough
Reviewed by Rebecca, rebecca.sacks@gmail.com 1/17/07

Folk/blues guitar with raspy male vocals reminiscent of Neutral Milk Hotel "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea". This album ranges from mellow home-after-a-night-of-heavy-drinking blues to great folk pop tunes that almost (but not quite) make you want to get up and dance.
Recommended Tracks: 1, 5, 6, 10
FCC: Indecent track 7

***1. Driving bass line with a simple repetitive guitar melody. Lyrics are the perfect indie-folk anthem. "The life you lead is so much better, than the life you don't." Perhaps a bit cliched. 5 sec silence at end. (4:00)
2.Slow acoustic piece. Highlight is the intermittent harmonica part that works it's way in mostly in the chorus. Great character profile of a woman now old. Chair creaking sound at the end. 7 sec silence at end. (3:04)
3.Cute acoustic pop tune including the overdone "ba ba ba" chorus. The last line is repeated ad nauseum. (2:56)
4. 9 sec static at start. Relaxed, slow moving track that sounds a lot like Elliott Smith. Great echoey electric guitar melody over folky acoustic rhythm guitar. 8 sec silence at end. (3:41)
***5. 5 sec silence at start. Medium-tempoed blues ballad with a great driving bass line. Great falsetto in the second verse. 5 sec silence at end.(3:44)
***6. 7 Sec static at beginning(maybe intentional?). Slow acoustic guitar and fragile vocals. Like coming home after drinking yourself silly over a heartbreak and realizing that you still have to go to bed alone. (3:46)
7. 3 sec static at beginning. Stripped bare. Walking bass line, simple percussion and lyrics. Adds in piano after first verse and a somewhat long guitar solo after second. (FCC indecent for 2 shits @ 1:48 and 1:55)4 sec silence at end. (3:23)
8. Great fun love song. Syncopated bass line, medium tempo. Sing-a-longable chorus. 3 sec silence at end(3:34)
9.Acoustic slow folk pop ballad. Annoyingly emo. I can't tell if he's trying to be ironic, but it comes off as whiney. (3:43)
***10.Mid-tempoed acoustic folk tune with a slight twang. A great goodbye track. (4:21)

Track Listing
1.Good Enough 6.Placing A Bet
2.The Best Of The Swing Years 7.Saying Goodbye
3.Super Plush Hotel 8.Sit Right Down
4.Number One 9.Smuggled Love
5.A Two-Part Word 10.Everybody Knows