The Slip - Eisenhower Review
Where is Nancy Reagan when you need her? She taught everyone to say No, but with the recent box set, Cadillac commercial, and reassertion of Progressive music, Yes is the word. The Slip's Eisenhower could be roped into this tendency, although the band's decade of experience has made them more selective of how fully they jump into "hey mom, look what I can do" music. For this reason, Eisenhower spends the first half of its time in an upbeat Sam Prekop state of mind, which is the better half.
The Slip, who, I would like to believe, grabbed its name from Mercutio, are fully equipped with jazzy guitar lines, funky rhythms, and snap-worthy bass playing (I bet Marc Friedman owns a fretless). Eisenhower allows simultaneous listeners to dance the hippy groove and the indie head nod. Vocally, and lyrically, Brad Barr likes become an instrument rather than a pronouncement, further proof that this is a trio of professionally minded musicians who prefer not to forsake sound for the rock frontman formula. This is particularly noticeable on "Even Rats", where Barr is incredibly busy harmonizing with the drums and guitar, or making sure they harmonize with him. This is reminiscent to My Morning Jacket's "Wordless Chorus". Another great track on Eisenhower is "Airplane/Primitive", a true indication of the immense talent of The Slip. At nearly 7 minutes, it feels like 3-minutes because there is so much movement to consume, including the lyrical reference to Dylan Thomas in an existential adventure.
When The Slip is not too busy doting over its own reflection, Eisenhower reflects brilliance.
Tracks added to Ipod: Children of December, Even Rats, Airplane/Primitive, Suffocation Keep
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