LIMES, THE: Tarantula!: LP

Nov 15, 2011

It is hard not to compare The Limes to The Modern Lovers. Songwriter Shawn Cripps talk-sings his sentiments in a flat manner that combines lazy charm with understated poetry. Most of the album moves at the pace of The Modern Lover’s “Pablo Picasso.” The guitar playing is authoritative and undistorted. The Limes have such an excellent vocabulary of measured rock riffs that the record rocks without moving above a gallop. But most endearing about the album is the unique take on Americana. We need more people singing about the landscape. Many acts that attempt this style mistake drinking and dysfunction with interesting. The voice of the album and lyrical content set it apart from the typical affected roots music that seems to be popular right now.

 –Billups Allen (Goner)