DISPUTE, LA: Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair: CD

Lotsa surprises here, starting with the fact that the songs are pretty complex in structure. Lotsa stops and starts, quietsies and noisies, and apparently very little interest in the standard verse-chorus-verse pop structure. The stumper, though, are the lyrics. Having been a singer before, I can’t get my mind around just how the fuck this dude can be able to remember all those damned lines, spread out over thirteen songs here, in a live setting without some sorta cheat sheet, or having friends strategically placed in the front row with the lyrics scrawled on their foreheads. It’d be worth checking out a gig just to see how he pulls it off.

 –jimmy (www.nosleeprecs.com)