Picks and Pans Review: Goodbye to All That
There are so many bands out there trying to out-grunge one another, it's nice to see this Los Angeles-based septet succeed with a less abrasive, more personable musical blend. Picture a melding of Pearl Jam's seldom seen folky side and the Pogues' Celtic bounce, and you get the idea.
This eclectic group, which includes guitarist Zander Schloss, formerly of the punk group Circle Jerks, and Dermot Mulroney, an actor (Copycat) and classically trained cellist, has the sort of homespun charm you'd find in a local pub band. Each tune intoxicates, whether it's an old-fashioned drinking song ("A Dog Came in the Barroom") or the melancholy violin-and-harmonica wail of "Identified, Detained and Inspected." Consider the Low and Sweet Orchestra the perfect alternative to alternative rock. (Interscope)