An adequate sequel to a faded franchise, made I suppose because no stone should go unsqueezed in Hollywood. The villain sounds like Tim Curry (or maybe Eddie Izzard) and acts like the villain from Buckaroo Banzai. The time travel story is pretty standard, but it does allow for the two bright spots of the film, where the typically charmless Will Smith interacts with the surprisingly charming Josh Brolin-as-young-Tommy-Lee-Jones. The lovely Alice Eve is also a welcome sight. There appears to be some closure for the series in the final scene, but I would be willing to watch another instalment featuring Brolin and Eve.
Oh everything was just a false start; forget the shit I sang before
strike it from the record and snap my records off the floor
let me eat up all those words, the poorly placed and hastily chosen
strike them from the record before you flip this record over
- “Love and Mercy Fights”
I have known Adam Mowery for a little while now, not well enough to hang out and go to movies or anything, but well enough to follow his performing career and occasionally chat about music or movies. He has moved to Halifax so I don’t see him around town as much, sadly, but I did have the pleasure of watching him perform an acoustic set yesterday at Backstreet Records. Most of the songs were from this new CD, “St. Joseph’s Mechanical Penthouse,” which I picked up before leaving the store.
I think I can fairly say that Adam’s music has always oscillated between excited lo-fi power pop and moody, atmospheric pieces. As a power pop fan I have always preferred the former, but appreciated the latter too, especially in “Fernhill” and the “Port City” collaboration with Tyler Crawford. Both sides of Mowery are evident in this new record, but he has raised the bar considerably, combining mature musings about relationships with production that somehow manages to be lo-fi and lush at the same time thanks to support from local stalwarts Jud Crandall, Adam Keirstead, and Pierre Cormier. I hate to always review music by comparing it to something else, but I think Adam might be pleased to know that on my first listen I was reminded especially of Guided By Voices’ “Alien Lanes” and early Cure. My favourite tracks so far are “The Black Path”, “Needle to the Heart”, “Soft Features”, “Sound of the Year” and “Center of a Long Time”.
I couldn’t be more pleased with this album, or for Adam. If this talented motherfucker comes to your town to play a show, don’t miss it. You can get the album and most of his older music at his bandcamp page.