Remember Karen – What You Say and What You Mean
Remember Karen taps into a timeless reflective rock on the passionate “What You Say and What You Mean”. Nearly physical at times the songs are infused with a tremendous amount of emotion, as the narratives are crafted with incredible care. The guitars and rhythms work in perfect unison while they veer about with a controlled chaos. Downright lovely at times, the pieces radiate with warmth. Impossible to fully categorize there is an exuberance that rests at the very heart of it all from which all else flows. At times the music almost seems to capture what it means to yearn for something more, the feeling of connection and desire.
An infectious groove introduces the album on “Invisible Geography”. Vocals have a gorgeous quality to them, as they sing in unison with a sense of play. Patience serves an important role on the slow building muscular grooves of “Goals and Means”. Spry rhythms weave their way around the shadowy “Slide Collection”. Tactile percussion introduces the burst of energy that is “Long 20th Century Boy”. Delivered with a satisfying bluntness is the powerful tenderness of “The Midwest is Boring” as guitar swirl about with a tremendous amount of exuberance. Ending things with a surreal tone the languid grooves of “Economy Island” recalls the directness of Posse.
“What You Say and What You Mean” shows off Remember Karen’s mastery in creating a timeless album, one that reveals a real knack for poetic storytelling.