TAG OHNE SCHATTEN: Ein Besserer Ort: CD

I really dig this German trio, whose name means “day without shadows” and whose album title means “a better place” (I think), but beyond that, I didn’t bother to spend hours with my German dictionary to understand all the lyrics. They play jaunty yet somewhat melancholy pop punk with a sound reminiscent of the Barbecuties meets Jawbox. And as far as I can tell—my German is quite shaky these days—the lyrical content is aligned with that genre: songs about relationships and day-to-day ennui. Not fully understanding the lyrics is only a minor problem, however; the bouncing melodies are enough to keep me going and then some. I enjoyed this so much that I’m tempted to relearn German just so I can get the lyrics in full and immerse myself in the entire package. –The Lord Kveldulfr (Zygmatron)