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So Gone (2006), 6/10
The Evening Descends (2008), 7/10

The Evangelicals, a foursome from post-Flaming Lips Oklahoma, played lo-fi psychedelic-pop on So Gone (Misra, 2006). The album starts out promising with the dissonant bacchanal of A Mouthful Of Skeletons and the first few seconds of Another Day, a frenzied freak-out a` la Red Crayola, but the song soon reveals itself to be nothing but a gentle folk-rock melody. The album mostly specializes in breezy psychedelic easy-listening (Hello Jenn I'm A Mess, Here Comes Trouble). They intrigue when they merge that style with a rougher southern-rocking style a` la Allman Brothers in What An Actress Does Best. The music gets more and more traditional until it plunges into the acoustic country dirge The Water Is Warm.

They adopted a "maximalist" aesthetic for the lush and energetic tunes of The Evening Descends (Dead Oceans, 2008). Behind the parade of instruments the band still hides unclassifiable song formats, from the twisted doo-wop of The Evening Descends to the blurred bubblegum pop of Stoned Again, from the stormy heavy-metal of Bellawood to the nostalgic easy-listening of Bloodstream, with a peak of insanity in the oneric pounding Skeleton Man. Catchy refrains and cute arrangements are detonated in Party Crashin' and How Do You Sleep, the loudest and messiest songs, the former a singalong and the latter an operatic aria, both vivisected with punk fury. Paperback Suicide, the parable of a writer who kills himself just to hear his own obituary, is an appropriate metaphor for the whole "maximalist" genre that tends to (over)kill its songs just to hear other musicians describe how maximalist they are.

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