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Let's Go Sailing – The Chaos In Order Review

by Patrick Muldowney

The Chaos in Order goes beyond cute. There are those who are cute with moments of unbelievable beauty, and whether that moment is captured in a picture, an expression, or a movement, those of us fortunate to witness its transience, view that person in a special light. Shana Levy's songwriting, likewise, is mostly cute, but The Chaos in Order, during certain tracks, travels beyond the world of Shoots 'N Ladders and adolescent diary entries, and into a world we will not outgrow. In this way, Let's Go Sailing's The Chaos in Order has undertones similar to Juliana Hatfield's Become What You Are.

"Sideways", the opening track, is an inevitable hit. The simplicity of the opening piano, complimented by the strings of a symphony, is soothingly understandable. It sounds like love springing eternal, while the rhythm section provides the little pop necessary for Pop, which is perfect for the lovelorn lyrics. The chorus only needs one listen to commit to memory: "I've been walking/I've been thinking/I've been looking at you…Sideways." This song only needs the right pair of ears, maybe Sofia Coppola, and everyone will at least know it as "That song from…" Another song, though not as definite, that rivals the beauty and draw of "Sideways" is "Better Off". "You're not wrong/Just better off thinking it was only love," is the most poignant line on the album, and proof that The Chaos in Order makes some obvious assertions, though its syntax may require a great deal of thought.

Other standouts, such as "Heart Condition" and "This Much", fit along the constructions of Andrew Bird. "Icicles" takes from the guitar line "Just Like Heaven", which has been overused to such an extreme, it's hard to predict whether the track will cause nausea or nodding from play to play.

Let's Go Sailing guarantees a generally successful formula on The Chaos in Order: can't miss hit, respectable options for a follow-up, piano, female appeal, male appeal (at least in the sense that most guys want to be near girls), catchy lyrics and music, and easy, overall, on the ears. Now it's up to the powers and the people to set sail on this cute (and beautiful) ride, or miss the beauty and allow Let's Go Sailing to drift aimlessly in the chaos of the currently flooded Indie Pop scene.

Tracks added to iPod: Sideways, Icicles, Better Off, Heavy Condition, This Much

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