Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Samuel Jackson Five - Easily Misunderstood (V0)

For many people, the term "post-rock" means long songs with minimal instrumentation (maybe with some strings or horns thrown in) that build to rousing, heart-wrenching crescendos. Many people get the impression that this is all that post-rock is about, having heard giants of the genre like GY!BE and A Silver Mt. Zion. However, there is much, much more to the genre than that. The Samuel Jackson Five plays a much different kind of post-rock: there is still a prevalent sense of dynamics, but they have much more in common with fusion/prog bands like The Mahavishnu Orchestra and Soft Machine than any type of classical music.

Their second album, "Easily Misunderstood", is in my opinion not only their best album, but one of my favorite albums ever. There is great songwriting on display here, coupled with jazzy, infectious grooves. If you're looking for a fun, entertaining post-rock album to listen to, look no further.

(Also, their band name is awesome.)

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