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The Terrible Twos

The Terrible Twos: If You Ever See an Owl...If You Ever See an Owl... (2007)
Vagrant Records

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Contributed by: FuzzyJustin
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I hope I can be half as cool of a dad as Matt Pryor appears to be. I mean, obviously I'll never be able to tell stories about touring the world with a band, nor will I ever really be able to sing my kids to sleep, given the fact that my voice terrifies small animals and children alike. But man, it'd.
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I hope I can be half as cool of a dad as Matt Pryor appears to be. I mean, obviously I'll never be able to tell stories about touring the world with a band, nor will I ever really be able to sing my kids to sleep, given the fact that my voice terrifies small animals and children alike. But man, it'd be nice.

With Pryor's newest outing, he's cemented his place in the realm of "awesome dads," as he shifts his attention towards the newest addition to his family. If You Ever See an Owl... focuses on kid-friendly verses and choruses set to a backdrop of fairly simply tunes, į la the first couple of New Amsterdams releases. In fact, for those of you lamenting the Ams' recent forays into pseudo-classic rock, this may be the album you've been looking for. Just don't expect to hear songs about alcohol consumption, depression or anything of the like.

Instead you get songs like the title track, a cute number that exists essentially to help teach a child the sound an owl makes. You get songs about rakes and counting and multiplying and lullabies. The best thing about the whole album is, quite frankly, how damned cute it is. It's not just a novelty album, it's a heartfelt collection of songs for someone. We just aren't used to hearing songs that, rather than being generally sexual in nature, are more about caring and nuturing.

All this to be said, if you don't have a soft spot and a sweet tooth for acoustic guitars, upbeat songs and cute lyrics, this isn't the release for you. It's definitely jarring compared to some material out there but in many ways is a healthy, much needed departure. It fits right in a playlist with the earlier New Ams material but adds a slightly cheerier, less serious aspect to it.

 

 
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____Win_Win_Situation____ (October 29, 2009)

i can't believe the baby is 1/2 of this band

xmonachettix (May 25, 2007)

this cd deserves 5 stars. srsly.

Anonymous (May 7, 2007)

this site gets more like a puffs gangbang every second. This and Beatles v Clash?????

xmonachettix (May 7, 2007)

omg.

SloaneDaley (May 6, 2007)

score is for that song about math, Math Stomp? whatever that song is gold.

Anonymous (May 5, 2007)

check out desoto records 'PLAY' comp for kids. it rules.

Anonymous (May 5, 2007)

owl rly?

Anonymous (May 4, 2007)

The last New Amsterdams record was so perfect and subtle and nobody gave a shit about it. It was easily their best.

Anonymous (May 4, 2007)

Raffi would eat these guys for breakfast. Now that was some real shit right there.

baseball (May 4, 2007)

i just ate a Gala apple and it was fucking delicious

swank (May 4, 2007)

I dug this record, I picked it up at a New Ams show last year, and it definatly put a smile on my face.

Sometimes when all you've been consuming is alcohol and junk food, it's nice to eat an apple. This is like a musical apple.

Hows that for an analogy?

Anonymous (May 4, 2007)

wheres dinosaur jr

Anonymous (May 4, 2007)

ive got many "kids" cds. this one is o.k. but half way thru you start hearing the new get up kids sound. my son was partially interested. too adult at times. we will stick w/ they might be giants for enjoyable kids music.

salsashark (May 4, 2007)

Bill's comments are old.

Holy_Balls (May 4, 2007)

Buy this I need to

Archangel (May 4, 2007)

Matt Pryor is the fucking man.

theonetruebill (May 4, 2007)

Terrible Twos from Michigan are better

Anonymous (May 4, 2007)

where's the dinosaur jr review?

GlassPipeMurder (May 4, 2007)

really good review.

i loved the New Amsterdams last record because it had a punker feel too it. not sure if i would ever like this but i'll give it a listen.

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