An interrupted, never-ending serenade
Richard Rebarber and Charlie Lieurance have been writing songs for the Lincoln, Neb., collective Floating Opera for more than 20 years. As is befitting a loose association of artists, the output has been sporadic (this is the first album since 2009). The music, however, has been utterly consistent. Consistently arresting.
And so, this is another generous set of muscular chamber pop from Floating Opera. Personnel may change, but the sound bounds on. I'm not sure I've ever heard anyone pair strings and guitars quite so aggressively in a pop setting. That motif rings through this set again and again, and all it does is remind me to listen to all the other Floating Opera albums again.
Most likely, Floating Opera will continue to function as a semi-occasional thing, pumping out a brilliant album every few years. After all, no one here is making a living from this band. If you can live a full life and kick out some art like this on occasion, I'd say that's pretty damned awesome. It inspires me, anyway. If you have never checked these folks out, do yourself a favor and get on board. Life is too short to miss greatness like this.
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