Musically, this album is really tight, and you can tell these musicians were comfortable with each other. The sounds are really eclectic at times, and precise at others. This album utilizes the two guitar tandem of Guy Picciotto and Micheal Fellows to achieve a great sound, and Janney's bass playing is really sweet to listen to. His move from guitar(Rites Of Spring) to bass helps One Last Wish achieve a much more complex, interesting sound. And as always, Brendan Canty is a master of the drum set. He is the rock that keeps the album from going off the deep end.
Lyrically, and vocally this album is strong. Picciotto's lyrics are tales of emotional triumph, finding answers within, and being a strong person. The beautiful thing about Picciotto is you can feel the emotions in his voice while he sings, you can almost get a mental picture from his tone. which is a great gift. Also, the great thing about this album is Janney sings as well. His voice is much softer, and more refined than Picciotto's which makes for a nice contrast. The best vocal moments of the album are during "Three Unkind Silence" when Janney and Picciotto are both singing the chorus, and you can hear the harmony of these two contrasting voices. It's a truly wonderful sound.
After the album ended, I was quick to hit play again on this one. A truly wonderful piece of recorded history. Dischord has always been good about releasing older albums from bands long since gone, just so people will have another piece of the beautiful picture that was the 80's DC scene. Cynthia Connolly provided us with the visual depictations of the DC scene, now Dischord is slowly piecing together the soundtrack. And just like a puzzle you want to have every piece.
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