ORSO: Ask Your Neighbor: CD

I was meaning to ask my neighbor about her thoughts on this album, but she was too busy yelling at her kids about paying her the fucking money they owed her. So I decided to embark on writing this review all by myself. This reminded me of a cross between Great Lake Swimmers and Lazarus with some other band I can’t remember thrown in. There are lots of instruments involved (piano, clarinet, banjo, cello, guitar, organ, percussion, etc.), but none of the tracks are overwhelming. Most of it feels pretty simplistic, almost, at times, on the verge of falling apart. The vocals are mopey and unspirited, as though the vocalist did all the songs when he was really tired. It’s not real exciting, to be honest.

 –kurt (Contraphonic)