The Watson Twins - Fire Songs
Record Label: Vanguard Records
Release Date: June 24, 2008
Note: This review was written over a year ago. My opinion of the band and album in general has severely shifted the other direction. The new score reflects that opinion, and not the one that mirrors the writing, the original score was an 80.
Iíd have to imagine itís hard to be The Watson Twins. Their biggest claim to fame is their collaboration with Jenny Lewis. Donít get me wrong, thatís a damn cool thing to do, but they were ultimately forgotten, as Lewis is the primary credit on the release. Two years later, we are presented with Fire Songs. Their debut full-length is comprised of simple, intimate folk songs, and itís hard to ask for more.
While their name is about as uncreative as The Jonas Brothers, their music is far from that. They seamlessly weave acoustic and electric guitars together to create what feels like a female equivalent of Bright Eyes. While guitar and drums are the only instruments used in almost every song, they use other, less popular, instruments differently in each song, which makes the album as a whole captivating. They arenít afraid to flaunt this fact either. While a lot of bands tone down their use of unconventional instruments to a near whisper in the rare times they show up, these twins pump up the volume so that they can take center stage.
This album is filled with hit folk songs waiting to be discovered. The songs are accessible yet creative, which would undoubtedly please both critics and potential fans alike. The Watson Twins simply know how to write a smart, fulfilling folk song. Plain and simple, they know exactly what theyíre doing and itís about time the mainstream figured it out as well.