Chappaquiddick Skyline

Chappaquiddick Skyline

Chappaquiddick Skyline

Sub Pop

In 1996, the Scud Mountain Boys released one of the finest (and most overlooked) albums of the year. They have since broken up, but former singer and principal song-writer, Joe Pernice is back with this release, Chappaquiddick Skyline . While the music is less “rustic” than the albums he cut with the Scud Mountain Boys, it still retains its emotional impact. The music merges various musical styles from alt-country to pop; at times, he almost sounds like Elliot Smith. For the most part, the lyrics continue in the vein he writes: documenting relationships gone sour. However, his songs convey none of the maudlin self-pity so many artists tend to wallow in. In addition, he includes a cover of New Order’s “Leave Me Alone” from their Power, Corruption and Lies LP. Brilliant!

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