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Rosie Thomas: Only With Laughter Can You WinOnly With Laughter Can You Win (2003)
Sub Pop Records
Reviewer Rating: 2
Contributed by: JiveSideJiveSide
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There's a problem with Roise Thomas' sophomore release on Sub Pop Records. Aside from the obvious, namely that she's signed to the same label that built its foundation on bands such as Tad, Mudhoney, Nirvana, and Reverend Horton Heat, there's confusion within the recording itself. I'm convinced th.
There's a problem with Roise Thomas' sophomore release on Sub Pop Records. Aside from the obvious, namely that she's signed to the same label that built its foundation on bands such as Tad, Mudhoney, Nirvana, and Reverend Horton Heat, there's confusion within the recording itself. I'm convinced that someone dropped the ball and forgot to remind Rosie Thomas that the name of the record is "Only With Laughter Can You Win," or she truly believes that down-tempo, whispered songs of self-reflection are knee-slappers. The latter doesn't make too much sense, so apparently the former is the cause of confusion in this album for there is nothing terribly funny or extremely entertaining, in a laughter-inducing kind of way, on this Sub Pop release. But there's also nothing tongue-in-cheek about the title in connection to the songs, a little pretension maybe, but this isn't the case either. In fact, the only power this record has over its listener is to lull him or her into a deep-ten-year sleep which can be fun, but there's no laughter involved in that type of fun. It's unfortunate that this record is not (at all) exciting, for Rosie Thomas is blessed with a beautiful voice, the production is crisp and full, and the musicianship is fantastic providing a very real life for her songs. And yet she's confused herself with her own thoughts and misplaced the window to her soul offering a gorgeous record that is unfunny and uninteresting.
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