William Siedel’s controlled, almost-too-pretty vocals soar across the landscape of every track, atop achingly beautiful musical arrangements, many of which feature the most well-placed banjo this side of ‘The Rainbow Connection.’ The songs all lean toward a yearning, toward a reaching-out hopefulness that is so bald-faced in its honesty that it must be heard to understand how intense and real it actually is. It’s not weepy music at all; in fact, it’s just powerfully moving. The lyrics leave an indelible impression in their wake, prefer as they do to get straight to the soul of the matter. Siedel, however, can make even the harshest of subject matter (addiction, on ‘My Lighter and Strings’) into a thing of complete beauty.
So you want to call it a problem?Absolutely, totally, completely, and uncompromisingly: hauntingly beautiful.
It’s just a habit I have
And I would like to kick it somehow
It’s like quitting cigarettes
And the harder that I try to break these chains
The tighter they get
And the longer that it takes to stop this car
The shorter the ride gets