Tuesday, February 16, 2010

CD of the Day: ‘Loose Fur,’ Loose Fur (2003)

This Jeff Tweedy side project is perfect music if you're in a certain state of mind—and by that state of mind I mean a coma.

There are roots of good songs on almost every track (except the utterly unlistenable and aptly titled “So Long”), and for the first few minutes the cuts can be quite entertaining. But Tweedy and Sonic Youth’s Jim O’Rourke let these ideas continue on and on and on with little focus; the songs end seemingly because they’re tired of being played, not out of some particular purpose.

“Chinese Apples” is the best of the bunch here, and there’s enough good throughout to salvage five of the six tracks, but not by much. Looking back, “Loose Fur” was an unfortunate preview of more to come from Wilco the following year on “A Ghost Is Born.”

Grade: C-

Favorite Track: “Chinese Apples”

Least Favorite Track: “So Long”

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